Student groups, clubs, or organizations that are not school sponsored or directed may meet on school premises provided their meeting fulfills all of the following conditions:
The meeting is held during those noninstructional times identified by the Superintendent or designee for noncurricular student groups, clubs, or organizations to meet. “Noninstructional time” means time set aside by the school before actual classroom instruction begins or after actual classroom instruction ends. “Noncurricular student groups” are those student groups, clubs, or organizations that are not directly aligned with the curriculum.
The meeting is student-initiated, meaning that the request is made by a student(s).
Attendance at the meeting is voluntary.
The school does not sponsor the meeting.
School employees who are assigned or who volunteer to be present at religious meetings may be involved in a non-participatory capacity only.
The meeting and/or any activities during the meeting do not materially or substantially interfere with the orderly conduct of educational activities.
Non-school persons do not direct, conduct, control, or regularly attend the meetings.
The school retains its authority to maintain order and discipline.
All noncurriculum related student groups that are not District sponsored are to be treated in an equitable manner.
The Superintendent or designee approves the meeting or series of meetings.
The Superintendent or designee shall develop administrative procedures to implement this policy.
LEGAL REF.: Equal Access Act, 20 U.S.C. § 4071 et seq.
Board of Education of Westside Community School Dist. v. Mergens,
496 U.S. 226, 110 S.Ct. 2356, 110 L.Ed.2d 191 (1990).
Gernetzke v Kenosha Unified School Dist. No. 1, 274 F.3d 464
(7th Cir.2001), Cert. Denied, 122 S.Ct.1606.
CROSS REF.: 7:10, 8:20
ADOPTED: October 4, 1999
REVISED: August 19, 2002; June 30, 2003; February 28, 2008