Interscholastic Activities - 2151
The Board recognizes the value of a program of interscholastic activities as an integral part of the total school experience to all students of the District and to the community. The program of interscholastic activities will include all activities relating to competitive sport contests, games or events, or exhibitions involving individual students or teams of students of this District when such events occur between separate schools within this District or with any schools outside this District.
The Board expects that:
- All interscholastic activities and events will comply with the rules and regulations of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). The schools of the District will not participate in any out-of-season athletics that are not sanctioned by the WIAA. The District will not be responsible or liable for non-school-sponsored programs or for programs that are organized, promoted or participated in by staff members without school approval. The District will not be responsible for, or control and incur liability for, summer and/or out-of-season activities unless specifically sponsored by the School District. The Superintendent will establish rules defining the circumstances under which school facilities may be used and under which announcements of summer sports leagues and/or clinics may be channeled to students.
- An athletic coach must be properly trained and qualified for an assignment as described in the coach's job description.
- Each coach will receive a handbook that outlines the skills, techniques and safety measures associated with their coaching assignment. Any deviation from the guidelines within the handbook must be approved in advance by the District Athletic Director or designee.
- Coaching stipends and all gifts to a coach that exceed five hundred dollars ($500) in a season must be approved by the Board of Directors.
- Inservice training opportunities will be afforded to each coach so that they are trained to attend to the health care needs of participants. Prior to a sports season, the coach will prepare a plan for handling medical emergencies at practice sessions and games (home and away).
- Participants will be issued equipment that has been properly maintained and fitted.
- All facilities and equipment utilized in the interscholastic activity program will be inspected on a regular basis.
- Non-prescribed medications, including such items as analgesic balms, vitamins and salt tablets, must be approved by the Superintendent or designee before they may be available for use by coaches and/or athletic trainers. After athletic training medications have been approved, the coach and/or trainer must secure authorization from the parent and the student's doctor before the medications may be used during the athletic season. If such release is not on file, the non-prescribed medications may not be used. This provision does not preclude the coach and/or trainer from using approved first aid items.
A sign will be posted that warns students that eligibility to participate may be denied if anabolic steroids are used for the purpose of enhancing athletic ability.
- The Board recognizes that certain risks are associated with participation in interscholastic sports. While the District will strive to prevent injuries and accidents to students, each participant and their parent(s) or guardian(s) will be required to sign a statement which indicates that the parent(s) and the student acknowledge the risks of injuries resulting from such participation and give assurance that the student will follow the instructions of the coach.
- Prior to the first practice for participation in interscholastic athletics, a student shall provide evidence of physical fitness and approval for interscholastic athletic participation by a medical authority licensed to perform a physical examination. A written report will be completed when a student is injured while participating in a school-supervised activity. A participant will be free of injury and will have fully recovered from illness before participating in any activity.
- Each student participating in interscholastic athletic activities is required to have or obtain medical insurance for expenses incurred as a result of injuries sustained while participating in the extracurricular activity. Students will provide evidence of coverage with a minimum limit in medical expenses or will obtain such coverage through the insurance plan offered to all students participating in activities in the District. No student will be denied the ability to participate solely because the student's family, by reason of low income, is unable to pay the entire amount of the premium for such insurance. The Superintendent or designee may approve partial or full waiver of premiums to permit all students to obtain the required medical insurance.
The Superintendent or designee will annually prepare, approve and present to the Board for its consideration a program of interscholastic activities for the school year. The Superintendent or designee will prepare rules for the conduct of student activities including, but not limited to, use of alcoholic beverages; use of tobacco; use or possession of illegal chemical substances (including marijuana/cannabis) or opiates not prescribed by a physician; physical appearance; curfew; unsportsmanlike conduct; absence from practice; gambling; or any infraction of civil law. Notice of rules and disciplinary actions related to rule violations will be distributed to each participant and their parents prior to the beginning of an interscholastic activity season.
The District will not exclude any person from participation in the interscholastic program, deny any person the benefits of such a program or otherwise discriminate against any person in any interscholastic program on the basis of the categories identified in the District’s Nondiscrimination policy.
The District will provide necessary funds for recreational and athletic activities for all genders, although the aggregate expenditures are not required to be equal for members of each gender, and expenditures for separate gender-based teams are not required to be equal.
When individual students with disabilities are unable to participate in existing activities even when offered reasonable modifications and necessary accommodations, aids or services, the District may offer opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in separate or different recreational or athletic activities.
The District may operate or sponsor separate teams for members of each gender where selection for such teams is based upon competitive skill or the activity involved is a contact sport. However, when the District operates or sponsors a team in a particular sport for members of one each gender but not the other, and athletic opportunities for members of the other each gender have previously been limited, members of the excluded each gender will be allowed to try out for the team offered. For the purposes of this policy, contact sports include boxing, wrestling, rugby, ice hockey, football, basketball, and other sports in which the major activity involves bodily contact.
The District will provide equal athletic opportunities for all genders within each school for interscholastic, club or intramural athletics. In determining whether equal athletic opportunities for all genders are being provided, the District will consider the following factors:
- Whether the selection of sports and levels of competition effectively accommodate the interests and abilities of members of all genders;
- Provision of equipment and supplies;
- Scheduling of games and practice time, including the use of playfields, courts, gyms and pools;
- Travel and per diem allowances, if any;
- Opportunity to receive coaching and academic tutoring;
- Assignment and compensation of coaches, tutors, and game officials;
- Provision of locker rooms and practice and competitive facilities;
- Provision of medical and training facilities and services, including the availability of insurance;
- Provision of housing and dining facilities and services, if any; and
- Publicity and awards.
Annual Athletic Evaluation
The District will evaluate its intramural and interscholastic program in each school at least once each year to ensure that equal opportunities are available to members of all genders with respect to participation in interscholastic and/or intramural programs. The evaluation will include consideration for the factors listed in the above paragraph about Nondiscrimination.
Student Athletic Interest Survey
Every three years, the District will administer to each school that operates interscholastic, intramural and other athletics the survey developed by the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to determine male and female student interest in participation in specific sports. The District will consider the survey results when planning and developing recreational and athletic activities offered by the District and when determining whether equal opportunities are available to members of all genders.
The District will provide separate facilities (e.g., showers, toilets, training rooms) for male and female students or schedule the facilities equitably for separate use.
RCW 28A.400.350 Liability, life, health, health care, accident, disability, and salary insurance authorized-Heath savings account-Premiums-Noncompliance
RCW 28A.600.200 Interschool athletic and other extracurricular activities for students—Authority to regulate and impose penalties—Delegation of authority—Conditions.
RCW 69.41.330 Public Warnings-School districts
RCW 69.41.340 Student athletics — Violations — Penalty
WAC 392-190-025 Recreational and athletic activities
Adoption Date: February 26, 2018