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5730 - Equal Access for Nondistrict-Sponsored, Student Clubs and Activities

The Board will not permit the use of school facilities by nondistrict-sponsored student clubs and activities or District-sponsored, noncurriculum-related clubs and activities during instructional hours. During noninstructional time, however, no group of students, regardless of the size of the group, will be denied an opportunity to meet on the basis of the religious, political, philosophical, or other content of the activity.

An application for permission for nondistrict-sponsored student clubs and activities to meet on school premises shall be made to the principal, who shall grant permission provided that

  A. the activity has been initiated by students.

 

  B. attendance at the meeting is voluntary.

 

  C. no agent or employee of the District will promote, lead, or participate in the meeting.

 

  D. the meeting does not materially and substantially interfere with the orderly conduct of instructional activities in the school.

 

  E. nonschool persons do not direct, conduct, control, or regularly attend the activity.

 

Except as provided by this policy, a student-initiated group granted permission to meet on school premises shall be provided the same rights and access and shall be subject to the same administrative procedures that govern the meetings of student organizations sponsored by this Board. Participation in a student-initiated meeting must be available to all students who wish to attend and cannot be denied on the basis of a student's race, color, creed, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or social or economic status.

Pursuant to State law, the organization of a fraternity, sorority, or secret society are not permitted. The Superintendent may exclude nonstudents from directing, controlling, or attending any meetings of students.

A staff member may be assigned to attend a student-initiated meeting in a custodial managerial capacity but shall not participate in the activity. No instructional staff member shall be compelled to attend a student-initiated meeting if the content of the speech at the meeting is contrary to the staff member's beliefs.

The principal may take such actions as may be necessary to maintain order and discipline on school premises and to protect the safety and well-being of students and staff members.

F.S. 1006.14
20 U.S.C. 4071 et seq., Equal Access Act of 1984
42 U.S.C. 12101, et seq., Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
42 U.S.C. 2000e, Civil Rights Act of 1964

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