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 a lifetime. Good conduct, both in and out of school, is expected of students representing Clear Lake Community Schools in all activities. Self-discipline and self-restraint should be exercised by each student if they are to continue to participate in school activities.

Students who participate in extracurricular activities serve as ambassadors of Clear Lake Community Schools 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 that lead to misconduct as a member of our school community.

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

It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to adopt 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.

This policy is in force for all students in grades 9 through 12 and includes the summer following the 8th and 12th grade years. All home schooled, dual-enrolled, regular education and special education students will be held accountable to this policy.

In view of the above, Clear Lake Community Schools will enforce the following policies and procedures relative to standards for participation in extracurricular and co-curricular activities throughout the calendar year both in and out of school. These activities include, but are not limited to, the following: football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, wrestling, track, baseball, golf, tennis, softball, soccer, plays, musicals, variety shows, band, chorus, speech and drama, FFA, National Honor Society, Student Council, cheerleading, debate, yearbook, newspaper, class officer, AFS, Model UN, Model Legislature, Mock Trial and Dance Team.

Academic Success is the foremost priority at Clear Lake High School, and the social and fair-play sense that is synonymous with extracurricular participation is an added feature to cultivate maturity and personal growth beyond a classroom.

Students who participate in interscholastic competition and extracurricular activities must:

  1. Be enrolled in the number of courses required to meet minimum school standards (seven full periods).
  2. Not be failing one or more courses at weekly grade checks (this includes all courses full or part time).
  3. Not be failing ANY courses at the end of a semester (“No Pass, No Play” rule).
  4. Be in attendance for at least one-half day (4 consecutive periods in the afternoon) on the day of a scheduled event. The student must arrive by 11:30am. A student who begins the school day, but leaves prior to the completion of the instructional day, shall not participate in the scheduled event.

Weekly grade checks will be performed on all students participating in extracurricular activities. Those failing one class or more, at said grade checking period, will not participate in their current extracurricular activities until their failing grade or grades are deemed passing by the instructor’s class or instructors’ classes of which they are failing. The grade checks will be run on Friday at 12pm. Students that are Failing one or more classes will be declared ineligible starting on Monday the following week. The first grade check will not be performed until the 3rd week of each semester. This does not include the state’s “No Pass No Play” rule.

Notification of failing grades:

  1. Students will be notified.
  2. Coach or director will be notified

Procedure to remedy failing grades:

  1. Student is required to report to the teacher of the class they are failing from 3:20-3:50pm to improve their grade. This is a daily requirement.
  2. Student may not go to practice until they have completed their study session at 3:50pm, or until they have met the satisfaction of their teacher’s requirements on that specific day.
  3. When the student’s progress has been deemed sufficient by the above said teacher the teacher must notify the office of the change in grade. Then student may resume full participation in extracurricular activities.

Students who are academically ineligible should not miss any instructional time in order to leave school for an away event. The following events are excluded: Fall Vocal Festival, Instrumental and Vocal Christmas Concert, Instrumental Mid-Winter Concert, Instrumental and Vocal Spring Concert and Vocal Pops Concert.

Effective July 1, 2006 and revised July 1, 2008, the “No Pass, No Play” rule took effect. Please refer to Iowa State Code 36.15(2). Students must pass all classes at the end of each semester or be ineligible for 30 calendar days in their current season. If not in season, the 30 calendar days will begin with the first competition date of their next season. All students will be considered academically eligible at the beginning of the school year unless academically ineligible by IHSAA and IGHSAU rules. The speech and music associations have adopted similar academic policies regarding academic eligibility that we will enforce.

In developing this option, we believe that it is beneficial for students to continue to participate in activities and receive academic assistance for their deficiencies.

  1. The student must report from 3:20-3:50 pm Monday through Friday to the teacher(s) of the class(es) in which he/she is deficient. At the end of the first semester, if the student is no longer enrolled in the class(es) in which he/she is deficient, he/she must report to a teacher(s) of classes in which he/she is enrolled. The teacher will verify in writing that the student has been there and studying. The written verification will be given to the coach/advisor and the student will be allowed to practice that day. Academically ineligible students who fail to bring a note to the coach daily will be dropped from the squad. Students who are not enrolled in the number of courses required to meet minimum school standards (seven full periods) will not be allowed to practice.
  2. The student will not be allowed to participate in a public performance or athletic contest during the ineligible period. The student will not be able to participate in an extracurricular public performance or athletic contest during the ineligible period.
  3. At the end of the second semester this option is not available and the 30 calendar day ineligible period, (during which interscholastic competition is held), will apply for summer activities. The student will be allowed to practice during this period.
The following violations are subject to penalty whether at school or elsewhere, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Penalties listed pertain to all violations.

Inexcusable Violations of the Code

a. The use, possession, delivery, or sale, of alcoholic beverages or non-prescription drugs, or possession of drug paraphernalia.
b. Use and/or possession of chewing tobacco or smoking tobacco.
c. Vandalism to property, public or personal.
d. Trespassing on school property.
e. Possession or illegal use of a dangerous weapon.
f. Conviction of serious or aggravated misdemeanor under Iowa Code.
g. Use and/or possession of pyrotechnic devices on school property.
h. Theft as defined under Iowa Code.
i. Conviction of a felony as defined under Iowa Code.
j. Participation in any initiation or hazing activities.
k. Placement on probation through the criminal justice system.

Violations of the Code

a. Flagrant disobedience of a school rule and regulation that results in an out-of- school suspension and/or recommendation for expulsion.
b. Inappropriate use of social media. Applies to anything you post.
c. Being a participant in a physical altercation on school property, school event (also includes away events), or school related issue.
d. Having a bullying allegation that was founded.
e. Conduct by a Clear Lake student that defames the school reputation.

First Offense

a. Athletics – 20% of the Season
b. Fine Arts – 4 weeks which must include one extracurricular performance. If there are no events during this time, the first event after the 4-week period.
c. Organizations/Activities – 4 weeks which must include one meeting. If there are no meetings during this time, the first meeting after the 4-week period.

Second Offense

a. Athletics – 40% of season
b. Fine Arts – 4 weeks which must include one extracurricular performance. If there are no events during this time, the first event after the 4-week period.
c. Organizations/Activities – 8 weeks which must include two meetings.

Third Offense

a. Athletics – 80% of season
b. Fine Arts – 4 weeks which must include one extracurricular performance. If there are no events during this time, the first event after the 4-week period.
c. Organizations/Activities – 12 weeks which must include two meetings.

Fourth and Subsequent Offenses

a. Suspension from all activities for one calendar year.

Any student that violates the code of conduct has one opportunity to self report the violation to reduce the penalty. This can only be utilized on the student’s first violation of the code. For self reporting a code of conduct violation, a student’s penalty would be reduced by 50%. The student would have five (5) days from the time of the violation to self report in order to have consequences reduced. If the violation would happen over a break (winter break or spring break), a student would need to report within the first five (5) days when school resumes following the break when the violation occurred. During the summer months, students would need to call and schedule an appointment with the high school principal or assistant principal/athletic director to self report.
A student declared ineligible may only have his/her eligibility reinstated by participating in an activity from the beginning of the season until its completion and in good standing with the coach/sponsor of the activity.
A student will be declared ineligible if:

  1. A student admits to violating one of the standards of the Code of Conduct to school administration.
  2. A student is referred to school administration by a law enforcement or judicial agency.
  3. A student is found guilty in a court of law.
  4. A staff member witnesses a student breaking one of the standards of the Code of Conduct.
  5. A student is accused upon signed statement from one or more citizens of the community. This statement must be made in writing at the principal’s or assistant principal’s office within five days of alleged violation. After reviewing the evidence, the principal will determine the eligibility status of the student.
  6. A parent turns in their son or daughter.
The first offense occurs when a participant admits to or is found to be in violation of the Code of Conduct. If a student is found to be in violation of multiple items in a single event, the event will count as one violation. For example, if a student is found by the police to be in possession of alcohol and tobacco, this is a single violation. The second, third and fourth offenses occur when a participant again admits to or is found to be in violation of the eligibility rules within his/her high school career. (Offenses accumulate throughout a student’s high school career.)
Students must continue to practice with their groups after receiving a violation of the code of conduct, but they may not wear a uniform or participate in any manner during a competition or performance.
When using the percentage method, any fraction will be rounded to the nearest whole number (i.e. 20% of 14 = 2.8. This rounds to 3 contest dates missed. 20% of 12 = 2.4. This rounds the number to 2 contest dates missed). The number used in the calculation is the number of DATES/GAMES that are on the regular season schedule when the season begins.
Regular season or post-season events will count towards the satisfaction of the penalty. Pre-season events, such as preview nights, scrimmages, or jamborees do not count toward the service of the ineligibility. As a result, the student may participate in these events when they are ineligible at the coach’s discretion.
A student that violates the Code of Conduct on school property or at a school event may be punished at the next level of sanctions at the discretion of school administration. Likewise, if a student is charged with an offense that is more serious than a simple misdemeanor, then the student may be punished at the next level of sanctions (i.e. a student found in possession of an illegal substance on school property and it is her/his first offense, then the punishment will be equal to a second offense punishment). If a student violates the code of conduct, it is at the discretion of the administration based on severity to reduce the penalty, enforce the penalty as written or punish at the next level.
All coaches/sponsors should clearly define their team rules and expectations at the beginning of the season. These rules should be reasonable but could be more severe than the school rules.

  1. Investigation
    1. Principal or Assistant Principal will conduct an investigation of the allegation that are brought forward regarding the code of conduct violation.
    2. Not all code of conduct violations will require an investigation. For example,  notification from law enforcement that a student has violated the law.
  2. Determination of Guilt/Consequences
    1. Based on the preponderance of evidence found in the investigation, the school administration will determine if the Code of Conduct was violated
    2. If it is determined it is a violation parents will be notified, evidence will be shared to support why it was determined it is a violation, and consequences.  If parent disagrees with the outcome they will need to request a hearing within 3 days of notification of violation.  The hearing will be conducted by other administrator not involved in determination of guilt process.
    3. If it is determined it is not a violation of the code, parents will still be notified.
  3. Hearing
    1. The high school principal, will conduct a hearing to evaluate the evidence in the case with the student after  parental notification.  The student will remain ineligible until the hearing process has been completed.If both, the Principal and Assistant Principal have been involved in the investigation process of a code of conduct violation then the hearing process is skipped and it moves directly to the an appeal to the superintendent.
    2. At the hearing, the principal will listen to the facts of the case and determine whether or not a violation of the rules has occurred. The principal will then relate the predetermined penalty for the violation and explain options if applicable or dismiss the case.
    3. The principal, (or the assistant principal), has the right to increase the penalty in severe cases. In such a case, the principal must provide a written statement for supporting the increase in penalty to the student, parents, superintendent and the President of the Board of Education.
    4. If a suspension is invoked, a copy of the suspension notice will be mailed to the President of the Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools, and the parent/guardian of the student involved in the violation.   A conference will be arranged with the parent/guardian and student to discuss the reason for the suspension and the possible solution to the problem
    5. The decision of the principal, (or assistant principal), may be appealed to an appeal panel by filing a written request with the superintendent stating the reason for the appeal Said request must be made within three (3) school days following the decision of the principal.  During any appeal process, a student shall remain ineligible for participation.
  4. Appeal
    1. The Appeal Panel shall consist of the superintendent (or designee), one building principal, not involved in the case and appointed by the superintendent, and one faculty member appointed by the principal.   The appointed faculty member will not be the coach/advisor of the student involved in the appeal.   Also included will be the student involved and the student’s parent or advocate.
    2. The Appeal Panel will meet to hear the appeal within five (5) school days or one calendar week (whichever is shorter) of the date the appeal request is filed
    3. Duties and powers of the Appeal Panel are:
      1. Review the evidence presented to or by the principal,
      2. Hear any new information presented by either party,
      3. Affirm or reverse the decision of the principal,
      4. Reinstate the original penalty as outlined by the Code of Conduct
    4. The Appeal Panel does not have the authority to adjust the penalty to a greater or lesser degree than outlined in the Code of Conduct
    5. A copy of the appeal results will be mailed to the parent/guardian of the student involved and to the president of the Board of Education