The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.
 

5845 - STUDENT ACTIVITIES

All clubs and organizations approved by the principal to operate within the school must comply with the following:

 

A.

Neither the studentís race, gender, color, creed, political beliefs nor any other discriminatory basis prohibited by the School Board shall be a factor in selecting members or officers for clubs and organizations.

     
 

B.

The decision of the membership cannot be one of the factors in selecting additional members. This shall not be applied to those organizations specifically exempt by statute.

     
 

C.

The charter and constitution setting forth the purposes, qualifications for membership, and the rules of conduct of each approved club or organization shall be kept on file and always available to all students and instructional personnel of the school.

     
 

D.

The school student activities should be grouped under five (5) headings: elective office (student council and class government organizations), honors clubs, service clubs, interest clubs, and others.

     
 

E.

Requirements for membership in honors clubs of national scope originate at the national level. Requirements for other honors clubs, including academic area related clubs, are based on scholarship, leadership, and service.

     
 

F.

Interest and satisfactory conduct should be the only requirements for membership in service clubs and interest clubs.

     
 

G.

A student who wishes to represent the school through interscholastic competitions or performance must comply with the following:

     
 

1.

A student must maintain a cumulative 2.00 GPA or higher as specified by State law. (F.S. 1003.43(1))

   

2.

A student must receive a minimum 2.00 in conduct in the preceding semester.

 

3.

Students assigned to Indoor Suspension/School Center for Specialized Instruction (SCSI), will not be allowed to participate in interscholastic competitions or performances on the weekend.

   

4.

A student who is serving an Outdoor Suspension shall not practice or participate in interscholastic competitions or performances and may be subject to further sanctions or penalties.

   

5.

A student who has a total of eleven (11) cumulative days of suspension (indoor and outdoor) will not be allowed to participate in interscholastic competitions or performances for the remainder of the school year.

   

6.

A student who has ten (10) or more cumulative absences will not be allowed to participate in interscholastic competitions or performances for the remainder of the school year.

   

7.

A student who has twenty (20) or more cumulative tardies will not be allowed to participate in interscholastic competitions or performances for the remainder of the school year.

   

8.

A student must be reported as present for the school day in order to participate in interscholastic competitions or performances, including practices.

   

9.

A student who participates in interscholastic competitions or performances and has not performed at grade level as defined by the Florida Department of Education will seek two (2) hours per week of academic tutoring. Failure to seek required tutoring will result in a seven (7) calendar day suspension from interscholastic competitions or performances.

   

10.

Any student who is arrested for conduct occurring on or off school grounds will be prohibited from participating in all interscholastic competitions or performances for a minimum of ten (10) days, including practices.

     
   

Violations may be appealed to the Administrative Director, District/School Operations, Division of Athletics, Activities and Accreditation.

 

H.

Screening procedures of a service club must not permit discrimination on any basis prohibited by the Board and must be approved by the principal.

     
 

I.

Each student shall be furnished with a list of all clubs and organizations approved by the school.

     
 

J.

There shall be no period of probationary membership.

     
 

K.

Hazing of members is prohibited.

     
 

L.

Only approved club insignia or jewelry may be worn by members.

     
 

M.

Dues shall be reasonable and not prohibitive.

     
 

N.

All meetings shall be held on school property in school facilities. This may be waived for special meetings and events upon the request of the faculty sponsor and the approval of the principal.

     
 

O.

A faculty sponsor shall be present at all meetings and all social events shall be adequately chaperoned.

     
 

P.

All monies accruing to any school club or organizations shall be accounted for through the school's Internal Fund.

     
 

Q.

Students failing to maintain requirements for membership shall be suspended from membership until the requirements have been achieved.

     
 

R.

No club or organization shall engage in any activity or act that violates Board policies.

F.S. 1006.15