Grand Island Public Schools
123 South Webb Road
Grand Island, NE 68802
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8650 – Participation In Extra-Curricular Activities


Participation in extra-curricular activities is a privilege extended to students by the Grand Island Public Schools. This participation is open to all students and shall be governed by the rules and regulations of the Nebraska Schools Activities Association.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade may not participate in athletic contests between schools within a school system or between school systems. Annual field or play days are excluded from this restriction.

The primary mission and responsibility for each student is to establish a firm academic foundation. A student participating in extracurricular school activities must demonstrate evidence of sincere effort toward scholastic achievement.

Students in seventh and eighth grades may participate in interscholastic competitions subject to and in a manner consistent with the bylaws of the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA).

Students in high school must be enrolled in at least 20 credit hours in the semester of participation and have passed at least 20 semester hours the pervious semester, as per NSAA rules.

All rules regarding participation in extra-curricular activities, clubs, and not sanctioned activities will be included in the Student/Parent Handbook. In the event any restrictions of participation develop, the procedures utilized will follow appropriate constraints of procedural due process.

Legal Reference:
NDE Rule 10.004.02C
Nebraska School Activities Association Middle Level Activities Bylaws, Article 9

Policy Adopted - November 3, 1980
Policy revised:  04.09.2015
Policy revised:  08.13.2020

See 8560.1 Participation in Activities Guidelines (attached)
See GIPS Student and Parent Consent Form/Stays on File with GIPS

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8650.1 Participation in Activities Guidelines

The Grand Island Public Schools (GIPS) hold students involved in activities to a higher standard, as they represent not only themselves, but their school and community. GIPS expects all athletes and activity participants to be drug, alcohol, and tobacco free, and to understand that it is a privilege to be involved in school activities. The following applies to all school activity participants.

A lifestyle free from the influence of drugs and alcohol is a responsible and healthy choice. Decisions related to this issue are extremely important and do have a direct correlation with student success. Students, parents, and the school all share responsibilities in the development of these important student choices. The Grand Island Public Schools continue to endorse and support a lifestyle for students that is free from the influence of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. When students choose to use alcohol, drugs, and/or tobacco, their levels of performance are diminished. GIPS has established rules and consequences, with an emphasis on a program of education and support to foster a chemical-free lifestyle.

Procedure for Rule Violation
The student shall not be involved with drugs, alcohol, or tobacco. Whenever a student is representing GISH in an activity, a student shall not, regardless of quantity, use, consume, or have in their possession, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco (with exceptions as outlined by state statutes 53-168.06, 53-180.2). Students shall not buy, sell, or give away drug, alcohol, or tobacco products, or look-alikes. It is not a violation for a student to be in possession of or use a controlled substance specifically prescribed for the student by their doctor. Consequences will be documented regardless of the student’s attendance center. Methods for verification of rule violation include: a) Ticketed by the police for drug/alcohol/tobacco related offense; b) Admission by the student involved; c) Violation witnessed by school personnel; d) Other evidence that the rule violation took place.

In the event that this policy is violated, the following process shall be initiated:

  1. The student shall be notified of the alleged rule violation in a meeting with school officials. At that meeting, the student and the school officials will discuss the details of the alleged violation, and the ensuing consequences. The student shall have an opportunity to present information related to the incident. A student who “self-reports” will have an impact on consequences.
  2. Parents of the student shall also be notified of the violation and consequences. School officials will summarize the details related to the incident and then advise the student and parents of the action that will be taken.
  3. The student and parents shall be afforded full opportunity to make any statements or request explanations related to the incident.
  4. The building principal shall issue a consequence.
  5. This decision is final and binding on all parties. Appeals to the decision remain at the building administrative level.

After confirmation of the violation, in addition to established state statutes and local school policies, the student shall be required to receive support from a school approved drug/alcohol/tobacco support program and may be suspended from all school activities for a specified number of school calendar days starting from the date of the confirmation. Students involved in a school-sponsored activity will be required to attend and participate in all practice sessions during the time of suspension. They may also be required to attend, but not participate, at a scheduled performance/event.

Consequences
Consequences for drug, alcohol, and tobacco violations are as follows:

First Violation – A five (5) day or less suspension from school activities. In addition, the student will be required to attend and complete an educational program endorsed by the school;

Second Violation – A seven (7) day or less suspension from school activities. In addition, the student will be required to show evidence that they have received counseling from a professional outside of the school (i.e. Central Nebraska Council on Alcohol and Addictions, drug and alcohol counselor, psychiatrist, psychologist, etc.). The school may require the student to participate in a drug/alcohol evaluation before they can participate in an activity;

Third Violation – Fourteen (14) day or less suspension from school activities and the student will be required to complete a professional evaluation and program for chemical dependency. Verification of completion of the chemical dependency treatment program must be provided in writing by the director or counselor of the chemical dependency program prior to reinstatement of the student.

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Grand Island Public Schools
123 South Webb Road
Grand Island, NE 68802
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Their Opportunity.

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8650 – Participation In Extra-Curricular Activities


Participation in extra-curricular activities is a privilege extended to students by the Grand Island Public Schools. This participation is open to all students and shall be governed by the rules and regulations of the Nebraska Schools Activities Association.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade may not participate in athletic contests between schools within a school system or between school systems. Annual field or play days are excluded from this restriction.

The primary mission and responsibility for each student is to establish a firm academic foundation. A student participating in extracurricular school activities must demonstrate evidence of sincere effort toward scholastic achievement.

Students in seventh and eighth grades may participate in interscholastic competitions subject to and in a manner consistent with the bylaws of the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA).

Students in high school must be enrolled in at least 20 credit hours in the semester of participation and have passed at least 20 semester hours the pervious semester, as per NSAA rules.

All rules regarding participation in extra-curricular activities, clubs, and not sanctioned activities will be included in the Student/Parent Handbook. In the event any restrictions of participation develop, the procedures utilized will follow appropriate constraints of procedural due process.

Legal Reference:
NDE Rule 10.004.02C
Nebraska School Activities Association Middle Level Activities Bylaws, Article 9

Policy Adopted - November 3, 1980
Policy revised:  04.09.2015
Policy revised:  08.13.2020

See 8560.1 Participation in Activities Guidelines (attached)
See GIPS Student and Parent Consent Form/Stays on File with GIPS

.pdf version

 

8650.1 Participation in Activities Guidelines

The Grand Island Public Schools (GIPS) hold students involved in activities to a higher standard, as they represent not only themselves, but their school and community. GIPS expects all athletes and activity participants to be drug, alcohol, and tobacco free, and to understand that it is a privilege to be involved in school activities. The following applies to all school activity participants.

A lifestyle free from the influence of drugs and alcohol is a responsible and healthy choice. Decisions related to this issue are extremely important and do have a direct correlation with student success. Students, parents, and the school all share responsibilities in the development of these important student choices. The Grand Island Public Schools continue to endorse and support a lifestyle for students that is free from the influence of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. When students choose to use alcohol, drugs, and/or tobacco, their levels of performance are diminished. GIPS has established rules and consequences, with an emphasis on a program of education and support to foster a chemical-free lifestyle.

Procedure for Rule Violation
The student shall not be involved with drugs, alcohol, or tobacco. Whenever a student is representing GISH in an activity, a student shall not, regardless of quantity, use, consume, or have in their possession, drugs, alcohol, or tobacco (with exceptions as outlined by state statutes 53-168.06, 53-180.2). Students shall not buy, sell, or give away drug, alcohol, or tobacco products, or look-alikes. It is not a violation for a student to be in possession of or use a controlled substance specifically prescribed for the student by their doctor. Consequences will be documented regardless of the student’s attendance center. Methods for verification of rule violation include: a) Ticketed by the police for drug/alcohol/tobacco related offense; b) Admission by the student involved; c) Violation witnessed by school personnel; d) Other evidence that the rule violation took place.

In the event that this policy is violated, the following process shall be initiated:

  1. The student shall be notified of the alleged rule violation in a meeting with school officials. At that meeting, the student and the school officials will discuss the details of the alleged violation, and the ensuing consequences. The student shall have an opportunity to present information related to the incident. A student who “self-reports” will have an impact on consequences.
  2. Parents of the student shall also be notified of the violation and consequences. School officials will summarize the details related to the incident and then advise the student and parents of the action that will be taken.
  3. The student and parents shall be afforded full opportunity to make any statements or request explanations related to the incident.
  4. The building principal shall issue a consequence.
  5. This decision is final and binding on all parties. Appeals to the decision remain at the building administrative level.

After confirmation of the violation, in addition to established state statutes and local school policies, the student shall be required to receive support from a school approved drug/alcohol/tobacco support program and may be suspended from all school activities for a specified number of school calendar days starting from the date of the confirmation. Students involved in a school-sponsored activity will be required to attend and participate in all practice sessions during the time of suspension. They may also be required to attend, but not participate, at a scheduled performance/event.

Consequences
Consequences for drug, alcohol, and tobacco violations are as follows:

First Violation – A five (5) day or less suspension from school activities. In addition, the student will be required to attend and complete an educational program endorsed by the school;

Second Violation – A seven (7) day or less suspension from school activities. In addition, the student will be required to show evidence that they have received counseling from a professional outside of the school (i.e. Central Nebraska Council on Alcohol and Addictions, drug and alcohol counselor, psychiatrist, psychologist, etc.). The school may require the student to participate in a drug/alcohol evaluation before they can participate in an activity;

Third Violation – Fourteen (14) day or less suspension from school activities and the student will be required to complete a professional evaluation and program for chemical dependency. Verification of completion of the chemical dependency treatment program must be provided in writing by the director or counselor of the chemical dependency program prior to reinstatement of the student.

.pdf version

Media Inquiries
Joshua Planos, Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 ex. 201127
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