Good Conduct Rule For Student Activity Eligibility

    Policy 503.04

    Participation in school activities is a privilege.  School activities provide the benefits of promoting additional interests and abilities in the students during their school years and for their lifetimes.

    Students who participate in extracurricular activities serve as ambassadors of the school district throughout the calendar year, whether away from school or at school.  Students who wish to have the privilege of participating in extracurricular activities must conduct themselves in accordance with board policy and must refrain from activities which are illegal, immoral or unhealthy.

    Students who fail to abide by this policy and the administrative regulations supporting it may be subject to disciplinary measures. The Administration will keep records of violations of the good conduct rule.

    It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop rules and regulations for school activities.  Students wanting to participate in school activities must meet the requirements set out by the school district for participation in the activity.

    Policy 503.04-R(1)

    The following rules and policies have been approved by the Clear Creek Amana Community School District Board of Directors, under the authority granted by the Iowa Code Sections 282.4, 282.5 and Iowa Administration Code Section 281-36.14 and 281-36.15.

    The following Good Conduct Code establishes the standards by which Clear Creek Amana students shall conduct themselves if they choose to take advantage of the privileges afforded them by participation in the Clear Creek Amana Student Activity Program (the "School Activity Program").  Student Activity Program participants shall commit themselves to meet the standards of this code and of the Student Code of Conduct at all times and in all places (365 days a year).

    It is a privilege and an honor to participate in the full range of student activities at Clear Creek Amana Community Schools.  These activities and participation in them add a great deal to each student's education by promoting good citizenship and moral character, developing discipline and skills necessary to personal success and well being, and promoting the image and identity of the school and community.  Students who chose to participate in the Student Activity Program will conduct themselves appropriately at all times both on school grounds and away from school.  The responsibility of good conduct ensures student health and safety, student respect for the rights of others and is an extension of the student’s responsibility to represent the school and community in an appropriate manner.

    Before participation in any activity is permitted, all students who wish to participate in the Student Activity Program shall receive a copy of these rules and regulations and shall indicate their concurrence with them and their agreement to abide by them by signing a document indicating such agreement.  A parent or guardian will also be required to sign, indicating their review and understanding of the Clear Creek Amana High School Good Conduct Code. 
    The Student Activity Program includes all school sponsored extracurricular activities, including but not limited to:

    1. all athletics;
    2. all extracurricular music, band, choir, speech, drama, cheerleading, and dance team activities;
    3. school royalty;
    4. student council and other elective officers;
    5. school honors;
    6. co-curricular competitions, such as Science Bowl, Physics Olympics, Robotics, ACA/DEC, NHS, Student Council, etc.


    • Competition/performance means a specific event that is a public or interscholastic component of an extracurricular program whether it is a contest, a social activity (such as a trip sponsored by a club or elected group), a performance, etc.  This shall not mean membership in the specific extracurricular activity.
    • Extracurricular activities shall be an all inclusive term, including athletics, cheerleading, etc. as well as all activities and events considered to be part of the Student Activity Program, including those related to the school curriculum (co-curricular activities), student government activities, elected school representation (Royalty) and honors.
    • Offense occurs when a student is determined by the administrative team to be in violation of the Good Conduct Code.  Such violations shall be counted cumulatively from year to year (grades 9-12, and any 8th grader playing softball or baseball), regardless of the specific portion of the Good Conduct Code that is violated. 
    • Participation as Royalty means if selected as royalty to preside over school-sponsored activities.
    • Penalty means a period of ineligibility defined by the number of offenses the student has had against the Good Conduct Code. 
    • If any period of ineligibility includes an activity that is part of the curriculum (co-curricular), the student’s grade will not be negatively affected.
    • School days shall mean generally adopted "business days" (i.e. Monday through Friday, except state and/or national holidays).
    • A “sports season” shall be defined as the total practice weeks and interscholastic athletic contests for a sport during the school year. 
    • Other non-athletic extracurricular seasons are unique.  Those seasons will be defined by the total number of performances and/or competitions for each activity (not weeks).  Auditions for All-State Recognition will be included in this count.  Performances which are connected to a student’s grade will not be included.                                                             
    • Student Council and other Elective Offices mean being elected as a leader to preside over an activity (president, class representative, etc.) 
    • Student Code of Conduct is a body of school rules and regulations independent from this Good Conduct Code.  Any student behavior which violates both the Student Code of Conduct and this Good Conduct Code will incur penalties under both.
    • Year shall mean 12 months from the date of a violation.

    Appropriate student behavior is required by and impacts all extracurricular activities in which a student participates.  The administrative team (principal, assistant principal, athletic director, dean of students), upon receiving information of official legal complaint or charge from any law enforcement agency, will declare a student ineligible to participate in an activity.   If a student is participating in multiple extracurricular activities at the time the student loses eligibility under this policy, the loss of eligibility shall apply to all of the activities.

    If at the time of the violation the student is not currently participating in any activity, then the loss of eligibility shall apply to the first extracurricular activity or activities in which the individual participates.
    A student must begin involvement in an extracurricular activity from the date on which that activity begins and will not be allowed to join an extracurricular activity in progress.  The “start date” is determined by the IAHSAA or IGHSAU.
    If a student joins an activity with an outstanding Good Conduct Code violation, the student must finish the season in good standing if the student wishes to get credit for satisfying the previous good conduct penalty.
    A penalty will carry over from one activity to another activity and will carry over from one school year to the next.

    Student Participants shall:
    1.   Abide by Clear Creek Amana's Good Conduct Code at all times and in all places.
    2.   Abide by any additional, specific rules and regulations which the coach/sponsor of the activity has established.  Such rules will be approved by the Athletic Director before distribution to students General Standard:

    Good Conduct consists of behavior which reflects the generally accepted social and moral requirements of the community, is legal, and at all times reflects respect for and sensitivity to other persons, regardless of nationality, gender, religion, race or disability, and a respect for their health and safety, rights, property and dignity.   

    WHEN AN AGENT OF THE SCHOOL OR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY REPORTS TO SCHOOL OFFICIALS that a student is known to have violated the Clear Creek Amana Good Conduct Policy, the Administrative Team will determine whether the allegation is true.  

    Prior to making the determination there has been a violation,  a member of the Administrative Team shall (1) be informed of the allegations (2) perform an appropriate investigation (3) allow the student to respond to the allegations (4) make a good faith effort to notify the student and parent/guardian orally as soon as possible or in writing/email within 2 days of the determination.  At that time the student and/or parent may start the appeals process. 

    The administrative team may determine that there has been a violation of its Good Conduct Code whether or not criminal charges have been filed, whether a student's trial is pending, or whether or not the student is found guilty by a court of law as long as there is reasonable evidence to support the finding of a Good Conduct Code violation.

    Once the determination is made that a student has violated the Clear Creek Amana Good Conduct Code, the Administrative Team shall enforce the appropriate penalty. For an activity in which the student is involved at the time of the Good Conduct Team’s determination of a violation, the period of ineligibility shall begin immediately.

    The student and his/her parent(s) shall be informed in writing/email or orally of the decision by the principal or his/her designee within two (2) working days after the determination of violation.

    For each category of the Good Conduct Code violations that follow, penalties are shown.  Violations not specifically listed will result in similar penalties.  Violations of the general standard of good conduct may be varied.  Such violations include but are not limited to the prohibited conduct listed.  Where applicable, penalties for violations of the Good Conduct Rule will be applied in addition to the specific penalties outlined in the Clear Creek Amana Student Code of Conduct.
    If a violation occurs and the assigned penalty cannot be completely served before the end of the current season, the remaining penalty will be applied to the next activity/season in which the student participates.

    Prohibited Conduct – Category I
    1) Fight, assault, or physically abuse any person at school or during school activities or coming to and/or going from school or a school activity.
    2) Use, possess and/or transmit tobacco, or imitation substances.
    3) Damage, destroy, or steal school property and/or personal property of employees, students, visitors to the school, or district patrons.
    4) Participate in any other conduct which is not included in conduct prohibited in #1, #2, #3, or #6, and, in Iowa is illegal, whether or not an arrest or conviction occurs. Simple misdemeanor traffic violations shall not be included in this category.
    5) Indulge in unsportsmanlike conduct, including profanity, or verbal abuse toward persons such as players, coaches, and patrons representing Clear Creek Amana or other schools, or sports officials and judges.
    6) Participate in sexual harassment, including but not limited to: unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Specifically, sexual pictures, calendars, graffiti, objects, jokes, gestures or comments will be considered forms of sexual harassment.


     Prohibited Conduct – Category II
    7) Sell, manufacture or distribute illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, controlled substances or imitation substances.
    8) Possess, use, or be under the influence of alcoholic beverages (“use” includes having the odor of alcohol on one’s breath).
    9) Possess, use or purchase controlled substances, imitation substances or drug paraphernalia or, without authorization, possess, use or purchase otherwise lawful drugs (prescription drugs).
    10) Possess, use, or threaten to use any instrument that is generally considered a weapon or an imitation weapon or an explosive. (See Note 1)
    11) Assault a school employee. (See Note 1)
    12) Participate in any violent or other serious conduct which, in Iowa, is illegal whether or not an arrest or conviction occurs                                  


    Penalty – Category I
    First Offense: 30% of competitions/performances in the current season or the next activity.
    Second Offense: 50% of competitions/performances in the current season or the next activity.
    Third and Subsequent Offenses: Ineligible for one calendar year from the time of the 3rd violation. Mandatory attendance to a school approved drug/alcohol treatment program before eligibility is reinstated. The student’s family is responsible for the cost of this program.
    Penalty – Category II
    First Offense:  50% of competitions/performances in the current season or the next activity. 
    Second Offense: 70% of competitions/performances in the current season or the next activity. 
    Third and Subsequent Offenses: Ineligible for one calendar year from the time of the 3rd violation. Mandatory attendance to a school approved drug/alcohol treatment program before eligibility is reinstated. The student’s family is responsible for the cost of this program.
    Note 1: A more severe penalty may be required under state or federal law.
    All Offenses: Standard school discipline. If the discipline includes suspension from school, the student will be ineligible for the term of the suspension.

    In the event a student receives a disciplinary out of school suspension or expulsion because of a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, that student will not be allowed to participate for the comparable period of time in any facet of any extracurricular activity, including practices, meetings, and competitions/performances; and will be denied all school transportation to or from such practices, meetings, or competitions/performances for the duration of the suspension or expulsion.
    In the event a student receives a disciplinary in school suspension, the coach/sponsor will determine whether attendance at a practice, meeting, and/or competition/performance is permitted, and shall have the authority to determine when the student should be reinstated.

    X.  APPEAL
    A student may appeal the Administrative Team’s (principal or designee and athletic director) determination of a violation and/or any penalty imposed for a Good Conduct Code violation. During the appeal process, the student shall remain ineligible, unless otherwise directed by the Superintendent or the Board.

    Appeal of Good Conduct Team’s Decision
    The decision of the Administrative Team may be appealed to the Superintendent.  The appeal shall be in writing/email and delivered to the Superintendent or his/her secretary within five (5) school days of receipt of the Administrative Team’s decision.  The appeal to the Superintendent shall specify the reasons for the appeals and all supporting information and facts.  While the Superintendent may schedule a meeting with the student, there is no requirement that such a meeting be held.  Since no hearing is available at this appeal level, it is very important that the student include all supporting information with their appeal. (Administrative Team will also provide information in writing/email.) Within 5 school days of receipt of the written/emailed request for appeal the Superintendent shall review the material provided and shall provide a written/emailed decision to the Good Conduct Team and to the student/parents.

    Appeal of the Superintendent’s Decision
    The decision of the Superintendent shall be final unless it involves a period of ineligibility of 50% of a season or more, in which case it may be appealed to the CCACSD Board of Education.  This appeal shall be in writing/email and filed with the Board Secretary within five (5) school days of receipt of the Superintendent’s decision.
    The Board shall hold a hearing on the appeal as soon as reasonably practical and the Board shall provide a written/emailed decision within 10 school days thereafter.  The Board's decision shall be final.

    To be eligible:

    1. A student must pass ALL academic subjects the previous semester.
    2. A student must have a valid physical and concussion form on file for athletics.
    3. A student must be in school one half day on a day of participation, with  advance approval by school administration for an exception.
    4. A student must be less than twenty (20) years of age.
    5. A student must have attended high school not more than eight semesters.
    6. A student must have attended school the preceding semester.
    7. A student who changed schools, there must be a verified like-change of residence by parents.
    8. A student must never have accepted an award worth more than $10.00 for participation on a team or in performances.
    9. A student may never accept money, expenses or other reimbursement for participation in any school activity.
    10. A student must follow all Iowa High School Athletic Association / Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union rules pertaining to participation on teams outside of school (AAU, summer leagues, etc.).