FFE-AP: Extracurricular Participation Requirements

  • PHILOSOPHY

    West Fargo Public Schools believes that participation in extracurricular activities constitutes a privilege and not a right. Students who participate in extracurricular activities represent the student body, school district, and community on the state and national level. As such, the behavior of these students is a reflection of the entire community.

    The district will enforce the requirements placed on extracurricular participants by the North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA), which govern both on- and off-campus behavior. In addition, the district has established the following extracurricular participation requirements.

    ACTIVITIES AFFECTED BY THIS POLICY

    Activities affected by this policy shall include extracurricular activities listed in the student handbook, including those not sponsored by NDHSAA.

Academic Eligibility

  • No middle school or high school student shall participate in any competitive extra-curricular activity or any co-curricular public performance representing the school if such student shall at the same time have any unsatisfactory record of scholarship. However, academic eligibility requirements will not be applied to public performances that are considered part of the requirements of an academic or curricular course.

    Every week, behavior grade reports (citizenship, collaboriation, and responsibility) are run to determine eligibility. If a student has a CCR grade of a ‘1’ in two or more classes, they are not eligible to play in any competitions or performances during that week, but are expected to attend practice.

    Summer school grades cannot be used for eligibility purposes.

  • TOBACCO, ALCOHOL, & OTHER DRUG USE

    The use or possession of tobacco, alcohol, or any controlled substance (including prescription and synthetic drugs) as defined by North Dakota law is prohibited. Any extracurricular participant who is in violation of the foregoing regulation shall be suspended from participation in interscholastic contests /activities (including scrimmages) for a minimum of six weeks in their activity season. They will not be eligible for any special awards or letters provided by West Fargo Public Schools for that activity season. Students under suspension may continue to practice with the team through the completion of the season. The period of suspension shall begin from the date notification is given to the student by the school administration. If information is withheld from the administration, the length of the suspension shall commence the day the administration is notified. For any subsequent offense during the same school year, the violator will be dropped from all further participation in extracurricular activities at West Fargo Public Schools for the remainder of the academic/activity school year. A student always has the right to a hearing.

    A student found in violation will be required to meet with a school counselor.

    Off-Season Violations

    A violation during the off‐season, including summer, will result in a six‐week suspension from activities. However, since the student is not actively participating in an activity sponsored by West Fargo Public Schools, a subsequent four‐week suspension or two interscholastic contests/activities (including scrimmages), whichever is greater, will go into effect during the student’s next season. A student must report on the official first day of practice and meet all team expectations and criteria or they will be dropped from the team. The student will be ineligible for any district-sponsored awards or letters and may not hold a leadership position for that affected activity season. A student will not be able to join a new activity while under suspension for a second offense. Students in other school activities will be affected by the policies as related to possession or use of tobacco, alcohol, and controlled substances if and when the date of the violation and subsequent suspension period occurs during the time of the student’s competitive and/or performance date(s).

    Multiple Violations

    The following is a summary of the length of suspension for a West Fargo Public School student found in violation of this policy:

    First Offense

    A student will be suspended for a minimum of six consecutive school (activity) weeks from the time of notification of the violation. The student may be allowed to practice and travel with their respective teams (with the approval of the coach and team). However, suspended students will not be allowed to miss school time to travel with the team and will not be able to participate in any competitions or performances of his/her activity during the period of suspension. The student will be ineligible for any WFPS sponsored awards or letters and may not hold a leadership position for that affected activity season. If the violation occurs in the off‐season, see off‐season policy above.

    Second Offense

    A student will be suspended for a minimum of 18 consecutive weeks from the time of notification of the violation. If the second offense occurs during the same school year as the first offense, the suspension will be extended for the remainder of the school year or 18 additional weeks, whichever is longer. The student may be allowed to practice and travel with their respective teams (with the approval of the coach and team). However, suspended students will not be allowed to miss school to travel with the team and will not be able to participate in any competitions or performances of their activity during the period of suspension. If following the 18‐week suspension, the suspension does not cover a minimum of six weeks or four interscholastic contests/activities (including scrimmages) of the student’s affected season, the suspension will be extended until a minimum of six (activity) weeks has expired.

    Third Offense

    Loss of eligibility in all activities for the remainder of a student’s high school career.

  • SUSPENSION PROCEDURE

    When the principal or activities eirector, as a result of their investigation, concludes that a violation of this policy or NDHSAA bylaws has occurred, they shall issue notice to the student of this suspension.

    PERIOD OF ENFORCEMENT

    This policy shall be in effect 12 months per year, including those days and months when school and extracurricular activities are not in session. It shall be in effect for all extracurricular activities including those of middle school students.

    Adopted: 01/15/74

    Reviewed:

    Revised: 09/09/86

    08/24/87, 05/14/90,

    10/24/11, 11/01/16

Middle School Activity Fees

Physical Evaluations

Extracurricular Absences

  • Students who miss school for extracurricular activities are responsible for informing, and making arrangements with, teachers in advance, and completing any assignments before the activity takes place. Work not completed in advance will result in no credit, unless prior arrangements have been approved by the teacher.

School Dance & Party Rules

  • Only students currently enrolled in a district middle school will be admitted to a middle school dance or party. The venue doors open at a predetermined time and lock 30 minutes after the event begins, at which point no additional attendees are admitted. Once an attendee leaves a school-affiliated dance or party, they must leave school property and are not allowed to return to the event. All school and district rules apply during an event, including dress code and behavior. Middle school dances and parties must end by 9:00PM. Attendees are responsible for lining up transportation to and from the event prior to the event. Each building principal maintains building-specific expectations.

Activities Offered

  • West Fargo Public Schools strives to offer a variety of extracurricular activities for all students. Offerings are dependent on student interest, staffing, and budgets. To determine what each school offers, visit the school's activities department webpage under PROGRAMS > ACTIVITIES.

Blackout Night

  • No school activities are scheduled after 6:00PM on Wednesday evenings.

Sixth Grade Intramurals

  • Intramurals are open to sixth grade students only and take place in collaboration with the middle school. Guidelines may vary based on the event. Students may register for intramurals in the office as details are announced throughout the school year. All intramural practices and events occur at school. As self-supporting activities, intramural fees are $20.00 per student per activity; fees align with the district's extracurricular activities fee structure. Intramurals are subject to cancellation in the event of low participation numbers.

Activities Schedules

  • Cheney Middle School
  • Heritage Middle School
  • Liberty Middle School