Extracurricular Activities in Katy ISD
Extracurricular activities are those activities that are associated with district-approved, school-sponsored organizations. They support learning through leadership development or guided practice by providing venues for using skills, attitudes, and knowledge that will enrich student preparation for post-secondary experience. The focus towards student engagement and participation in extracurricular activities is to contribute towards the development of well-rounded citizens. Parents and students are reminded that participation in extracurricular activities and extracurricular organizations, including athletics, school clubs, and school organizations is a privilege, not a right. Since extracurricular activities are optional, those who elect to participate will be held to higher standards of behavior and performance in and out of school.
Any student member of an extracurricular organization or campus club (e.g. band/dance team/cheerleader/athlete/student council, etc.) representing themselves, or their organization, in an unfavorable, questionable or illegal manner including electronic media (i.e. websites, personal home pages, blogs, text messages, chat rooms or similar websites/files accessible through a server or internet) or using electronic communication devices in such a way as to bring discredit, dishonor, or disgrace on their organization or members of any other school organization including themselves (i.e. camera phones, digital photos, electronic descriptions) will be subject to the disciplinary actions determined by appropriate school officials and/or organization sponsors/directors/coaches, including probation or dismissal from the organization.
Please note that many organizations have specific guidelines that determine active student participation in those organizations. Students are to be furnished with these guidelines when they choose, or are selected, to participate in these organizations.
An extracurricular activity may not necessarily be directly related to instruction and comprehension of the essential knowledge and skills, but may be indirectly related to various areas of the curriculum. Extracurricular activities may include, but are not limited to: public performances, contests, demonstrations, displays, and club activities. Any activity is subject to this policy if any one of the following criteria applies:
- The activity is competitive.
- The activity is held in conjunction with another activity that is considered extracurricular.
- The activity is held off campus, except in the case where adequate facilities do not exist on campus.
- The general public is invited.
- Admission is charged.
Assignment to or enrollment in a class does not entitle any particular student to selection for participation in the corresponding extracurricular activity or organization.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
It is the policy of the Katy Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title II of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. No provision of an extracurricular behavioral standard shall have the effect of discriminating on the basis of sex, race, disability, religion, or ethnicity.
Eligibility No Pass, No Play
A student may not participate in any extracurricular activity if a grade lower than 70 is earned in any class at the end of the six-week reporting period. This student may continue to participate in all practices and preparations as determined necessary by the coach, director, or sponsor of the organization during this time of ineligibility. This student may regain full eligibility status to participate in the extracurricular activity if, at the end of the designated 3 week period, all grades in all classes are equal or greater than 70.
Exception: Advanced high school courses identified by the Texas Education Agency are exempted from this policy. There are no class/course exceptions to this No-Pass; No-Play guideline for students in grades 6-8.
Grade of Incomplete
A student with an incomplete grade at the end of a grading period is ineligible at the end of the seven day grace period unless the incomplete was replaced with a passing grade prior to the end of the seven day grace period.
Extra Credit Work
Extra credit work, or work (including re-test) turned in after the grading period or evaluation has ended MAY NOT BE CONSIDERED when determining a student's eligibility for extracurricular activities except in the case of an incomplete grade as noted above.
If a student is enrolled in a class in which participation in extracurricular activities is a reasonable expectation of the class, the teacher may consider the students' participation in the extracurricular activity when assigning the grade for the grading period during which the extracurricular activity occurred. A student may not fail a class by solely participating in the extracurricular activity component of the class. The exception to this provision is that a student who is ineligible to participate in an extracurricular activity shall not suffer a grade penalty for failure to participate in the extracurricular activity or public performance.