The Committee believes that student activities are a vital part of the total educational program and should be used as a means to engage and enrich students. Relevant and appropriate activities develop a sense of community, and provide the opportunity to develop leadership skills and content knowledge in a safe, energizing, and productive environment. Student activities can also support academics by incorporating elements of 21st century skills including critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Therefore, the district will provide a broad and balanced program of activities geared to the various ages, interests, and needs of students.
The district will employ the following guidelines when organizing student activities:
- The schools will observe a complementary relationship to the home and community, planning activities with due regard for the widespread and rich programs and facilities already available to students.
- Parents, students, and teachers will be encouraged to assist in the planning of activity programs.
- The goal for each student will be a balanced program of appropriate academic studies and activities to be determined by the school, the parents, and the student. This collaboration constitutes shared responsibility.
- Students will be encouraged to participate in activities that suit their skills, abilities, and interests.
- All activities will be supervised and all clubs and groups will have an adult faculty advisor who will adhere to applicable state laws and regulations.
- No student will be restricted from participation in activities on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or national origin.
- Melrose Public School students may participate in Melrose Public School activities. Home-schooled students under the jurisdiction of the Superintendent may participate with: (a) approval from the Superintendent; and (b) payment of any fees, dues, or expenses consistent with those paid by Melrose Public School students.
MSC first vote: 9/24/13
MSC second vote: 10/8/13