1. WESTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
    Co-Curricular Code of Conduct
  2. (updated May 2013)
  1. Purpose
    1. Co-curricular activities should be a positive experience for all participants. Such activities teach students the importance of hard work and the personal pride in accomplishments. The goal of co-curricular activities at Weston is to provide an opportunity for young men and women who are talented and/or motivated a chance to compete with other students in similar activities in addition to academic performance. Weston hopes to encourage all students to take advantage of this opportunity and privilege by participating in some structured co-curricular activity. This code applies to all school sponsored activities that are not part of a curriculum.


    2. Weston further believes that participants must recognize the value of good mental and physical health. The Weston School District believes the following rules and codes must be followed and the enforcement of such rules is important to our co-curricular code and programs. Students who participate in co-curricular activities are representatives of our school. Their behavior and appearance influence many students and affect the opinions that others have of our school, families and community.


      • Students and Parent(s)/Guardian entering the sixth grade and new students are required to attend a mandatory meeting at the beginning of the school year to review the co-curricular code and ask any questions they may have regarding the interpretation of it.

    3. This co-curricular Code of Conduct is written so as to be applicable to all students participating in co-curricular activities in grades 6-12.

  2. General Rules for Eligibility
    1. A high school student must have earned or presently be passing the credits that would enable the student to graduate from Weston High School in a total of four years. They must abide by WIAA eligibility standards and also cannot have more than one "F" in any 4 1/2 week grading period.

      If a student does not meet the above mentioned eligibility criteria,they will be given 3 days to rectify the grade and bring it up to passing. At the end of the 3rd day, the student shall become ineligible for 15 consecutive school days. This 15-day period begins when the Athletic Director notifies the student after the 4 1/2 week grades have been posted on the D/F list. The grades calculated shall be from the semester column of the gradebook. The ineligibility period commences after the 3 day grace period. The student becomes eligible to participate after 15 consecutive school days provided he/she is currently enrolled in and passing enough credits during the current semester to re-establish himself/herself on track for graduation.

      Junior High students are also bound by the grading period requirement.

      End of:Credits Needed
      1st semester2.5
      2nd semester5.5
      3rd semester8.5
      4th semester11.5
      5th semester14.5
      6th semester17.5
      7th semester20.5

      1. For example, Polly Gon failed English during her 3rd semester of high school. Therefore, she does not earn any credit for this class. This gives her 8.0 credits total after three semesters. According to the code, she needs 8.5 credits after her 3rd semester to be eligible for co-curricular activities. Therefore, Polly is not academically eligible for 15 consecutive school days. In order to be re-instated, she must make sure that for the next semester (her 4th semester of high school), she is enrolled in and passing enough classes to give her at least 11.5 credits. Most high school classes are worth 1/2 credit per semester. That means that Polly must be enrolled in and passing classes equaling 3.5 credits.

      If the student is actively participating in a co-curricular activity and is currently ineligible, the student must attend and participate in all practice sessions, but is not permitted to suit up or participate in any game/events during the 15-day period of ineligibility. If a student does not attend practice or games during the 15-day period, the student will be ineligible to participate for the remainder of the season. After the 15 school day period of ineligiblity, the student must meet the academic requirement previously stated in rule #1. If the student is not passing enough classes to meet the eligibility criteria at the end of the 15-day period, he/she will be considered academically ineligible for the remainder of the quarter. It is the student's responsibility to obtain an eligibility form from the Athletic Director and have it signed by his/her teachers and return it to the Athletic Director.

      Students identified with Exceptional Educational Needs (EEN) who do not meet this requirement are eligible to participate in the co-curricular programs, provided that they satisfactory meet the IEP that was designed for them at the annual IEP meeting.


    2. A copy of the co-curricular code signed by both the student and a parent/guardian must be on file prior to participation, including practices. A commitment to this code will become effective when the student and parent/guardian first sign the code and it remains in effect for one calendar year. Consequences that have not been served will carry over from school year to school year. Students are forgiven past violations upon entering 9th grade. Coaches/advisors will review this policy with students at the beginning of each co-curricular season.


    3. Weston is a member of the WIAA and is bound by all rules established by this organization. Any student, in grades 6-12, participating in school sponsored sports must present a completed WIAA physical card or alternate year card before participation in any sport including practices.


    4. Each coach/advisor may enact and enforce rules in addition to those included in this co-curricular code. A copy of individual team or club rules will be on file in the Athletic Director's Office. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and athletes will receive a Parent (Guardian)/Coach/Athletic expectation sheet at the beginning of each season.


    5. When suspended from school, a student will not be able to participate in practice or events during the suspension. When a student is in ISS (in-school suspension) he or she will not be allowed to practice or participate in competition on that particular day.


    6. A STUDENT IS REQUIRED to be in attendance for the entire school day on the day of a competition (or the day preceding a Saturday competition). The athlete must also be in attendance the entire day in order to participate in practice. The principal will determine exceptions to this rule. Exceptions may include pre-arranging for appointments that are difficult to schedule outside of the school day and final exam days. There are very few exceptions, so be sure you speak directly with the principal. In the absence of the principal, the Athletic Director will make the determination on whether the athlete may participate.


  3. Miscellaneous
    1. Transportation:
      1. Students participants must ride home from the game with the team unless at the parent's written request. Students may not ride home with anyone other than a parent or legal guardian. Exceptions regarding travel require prior written approval from administration. If it is enroute to the school, students may be dropped off at their home or hometown with a signed and dated note from parents. Bus routes will not be altered to drop off any students.
    2. Curfew:
      1. The Weston School District's curfew will be enforced in accordance to the local community regulations or at the discretion of the coach/advisor.
    3. Equipment/Fees:
      1. All students will need to have their equipment turned in, and or fines paid, before they are eligible to participate in the next co-curricular activity.

  4. Violation Reporting Procedures
    1. It is the official policy of the Weston School District that the person witnessing the infraction will submit all complaints or allegations against the co-curricular policy in writing. These written, signed and dated complaints must be submitted to the Weston Principal, Athletic Director or Superintendent following the infraction. Forms may be obtained from the High School Office or from the Weston Coach/Advisor.

    1. Verifiable Reports That Do Not Need a Signed Witness Statement:
      1. Report in Newspaper or other print media source
      2. Police Report
      3. Parent/Guardian stating his/her child is guilty of an infraction
      4. Student admission of guilt

      Upon receipt of any of the above reports, the student will meet with the Athletic Director to discuss the consequences of his/her action. During this meeting, the Athletic Director will explain the penalty for his/her activities and allow the student to respond to the infraction. At the conclusion of this meeting the Athletic Director and student will fill out the Violation Report form. Once the form is filled out completely, the Athletic Director and student will sign the form. Copies will be made of the form and will be sent to the parent/guardian. The parent/guardian may be required to participate in mandatory training related to the infraction in exchange for a more lenient consequence at the sole discretion of the Athletic Director.

      For non-verified reports, a coach/advisor may enforce his/her consequences, not to exceed co-curricular consequences for first violation.

  5. Appeals Procedure
    1. The Athletic Director and coach/advisor shall review each report of violation and enforce the co-curricular code as it is outlined herein. (In absence of the above, a member of administration will enforce the co-curricular code). Upon receipt of a written complaint/allegation against a participating student, the student may decide to accept the penalty or to appeal. The appeal must be filed within three school days from the notification date. The appeal will be filed with the athletic director who will convene a meeting with the co-curricular board within five school days. The co-curricular board will form a decision at this time. The decision of the co-curricular board may be appealed to the Board of Education at its next regularly scheduled meeting. **Students will remain ineligible during the appeals process.

      Weston's co-curricular board members are: the Athletic Director, the Principal (or his/her designee), a member of the certified staff, a school board member and a non-directly involved adult.

      It is strongly recommended that the parents/guardians of the student attend the hearing.

  6. Major Violations
    1. The possession, use, being under the influence, or being involved in the transportation, procurement or sale, of any controlled substance including but not limited to alcohol and tobacco; or intentional attendance at any function where alcohol or other drugs are illegally possessed or used. Students who meet the preceding criteria will be charged as guilty by association and will be suspended accordingly.


    2. Violation of any law regarding stealing, vandalism, sex offenses, domestic violence, or any other criminal offenses punishable by law. Minor traffic violations are not considered a major violation.

  7. Penalties for Major Violations
    1. Upon receipt of written or verifiable reports, the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student will be notified by mail, phone, e-mail or fax, whichever is most convenient.

  8. WESTON HIGH SCHOOL CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

    1. Group A Activities
      (academic clubs)
      1. FHA
      2. FFA
      3. National Honor Society
      4. High Quiz
      5. Yearbook
      6. Spanish Club
      7. Student Council
      8. Class Officers
      9. Homecoming Court
      10. Prom Court

    2. Group B Activities
      (performance co-curricular)
      1. Mock Trial
      2. Forensics
      3. Theater Club
      4. Solo & Ensemble
      5. Honors Band
      6. FBLA

    3. Group C Activities
      (performance extra-curricular)
      1. Interscholastic Athletics
      2. Cheerleading

    VIOLATION PENALTY ENFORCEMENT TABLE
    Group AGroup BGroup C
    1st Offense (Choose 1)
    1. 9 week suspension from all involvement in activities.


    2. 5 week suspension from all involvement in activities AND 10 hours of community service.


    3. 25 hours of community service.
    1st Offense (Choose 1)
    1. 6 week suspension from all involvement in activities.


    2. 4 week suspension from all involvement in activities AND 10 hours of community service.


    3. 25 hours of community service.
    1st Offense (Choose 1)
    1. Suspension equal to 25% of season.


    2. Suspension equal to 15% of season AND 10 hours of community service.


    3. Suspension from 2 games AND 15 hours of community service.
    2nd Offense (Choose 1)
    1. 18 week suspension from all involvement in activities.


    2. 12 week suspension from all involvement in activities AND 20 hours of community service.
    2nd Offense (Choose 1)
    1. 12 week suspension from all involvement in activities.


    2. 8 week suspension from all involvement in activities AND 20 hours of community service.
    2nd Offense (Choose 1)
    1. Suspension equal to 50% of season.


    2. Suspension equal to 35% of season AND 20 hours of community service.
    3rd Offense
      Student will be suspended from all involvement of Co-Curricular activities for one calendar year.
    3rd Offense
      Student will be suspended from all involvement of Co-Curricular activities for one calendar year.
    3rd Offense
      Student will be suspended from all involvement of Co-Curricular activities for one calendar year.
    4th Offense
      Student will be suspended from all Co-Curricular activities for the rest of their High School career.
    4th Offense
      Student will be suspended from all Co-Curricular activities for the rest of their High School career.
    4th Offense
      Student will be suspended from all Co-Curricular activities for the rest of their High School career.

  9. Community Service Guidelines
    1. All community service hours must be pre-approved by the Athletic Directorin order to receive credit for those hours.


    2. Community service hours must be performed outside of the regular school day. The only exception to this rule is if a student prepares a presentation about avoiding drugs/alcohol and presents it to an elementary class.


    3. A supervisory adult at the event or place of service must sign the community service form after completion of service hours. This signed sheet must be turned in to the Athletic Director.


    4. A student must have 3 documented hours of community service within the first 7 days after their code infraction. If he/she does not meet this requirement, then he/she is automatically placed on Choice #1 on the Penalty Enforcement Table.


    5. The community service hours must be completed within the following amount of time:
      1. 25 hours = 8 weeks to complete
      2. 20 hours = 6 weeks to complete
      3. 15 hours = 5 weeks to complete
      4. 10 hours = 3 weeks to complete

    6. Community service hours must be performed on a VOLUNTEER basis. You cannot receive compensation for these hours.


  • Students who are first time offenders of the co-curricular code with a major violation will not receive any conference awards. They are eligible to receive school awards, including individual trophies, letters, medals, ribbons, etc... (See specific Team Rules for each sport). Students with subsequent major violations are not eligible to receive school awards. If a student has violated the co-curricular code, he/she may not join an activity in mid-season to serve his/her consequences.


  • Non-violators of the co-curricular code wanting to join an activity after it has started will need approval from the head coach of that sport. The discretion lies with the head coach. If unusual circumstances warrant, the Athletic Director will give inputon the issue.


  • Violators of the co-curricular code must attend all practices, games, etc... while serving their penalty. If they do not, they are considered ineligible and as having not served any part of their suspension.


  • Any remaining percentage of suspensions not served shall be recalculated and applied toward the next co-curricular activity(ies) the student participates in.


  • If a student turns himself/herself in, he/she will serve one less event of their suspension (this only pertains to the first offense). Turning oneself in means the student must make the first contact with the Athletic Director, Coach or Principal regarding the infraction.

  1. Penalties for Minor Violations
    1. Minor violations include but are not limited to the following: Curfew violations, unexcused classes,unexcused or missed practices/meetings/rehearsals, suspension form school, conduct unbecoming, unsportmanlike conduct, profanity, etc...

      Penalties will be set down in the bylaws or rules of each activity by the coach/advisor with the exception of disqualification from an event.This will resultin a suspension of at least the next event in that activity also. Penalty for minor violations may not exceed two events. **Coaches have complete authority to administer consequences for minor violations.