Fulton high school students who play a sport or act in a play will be barred from attending parties where alcohol is served illegally, under revisions to a policy that are moving towards approval.
Members of the Fulton Board of Education reviewed Tuesday the proposed changes to the district’s policy covering students who take part in extracurricular activities.
The policy currently says students cannot drink or take drugs. To be added is language that makes it a violation of school policy for a student to be “in the presence” of alcohol being served to minors or of illegal drugs.
The change, and others, are intended to “eliminate perennial inconsistencies” in the district’s policies, said Superintendent of Schools Bill Lynch.
Among the other proposed changes:
- Summer school will be able to be used as a factor in deciding whether a student is academically eligible for extracurricular activities in the first semester of the new school year;
- Parents and guardians must be notified of changes to a student’s status for extracurricular activities;
- Students must show academic improvement when they have been found in need of improvement. The current policy only requires them to take actions to improve;
- Improvement is defined, and includes specific items such as turning in missed assignments and showing up for school on time;
- Students may be allowed to continue to practice with a team if they’ve been suspended from playing in games. Lynch indicated students can be put at physical risk if they stop all physical activity and then return to action after the suspension ends.
The revised policy is at least a month away from final adoption.