3520 Procedure – Student Fees, Fines and Charges

The superintendent may establish guidelines for setting and collecting fees.

In establishing fees for classes, the following guidelines shall be used:

A. A fee may be collected for any program in which the resultant product is in excess of minimum requirements and, at the student’s option, becomes the personal property of the student. Fees may not exceed the cost of the materials. The district shall furnish materials for those introductory units of instruction where a student is acquiring the fundamental skills for the course. A student must be able to obtain the highest grade offered for the course without being required to purchase extra materials.

B. A fee may be collected from students and non-students as a condition for attendance at any optional non-credit extracurricular event or activities which are of a cultural, social, recreational or athletic nature.

Fees shall not be levied for:

A. Field trips required as part of a basic educational program or course.

B. Textbooks (non-consumable) which are designated as basic instructional material for a course of study.

C. Instructional costs for necessary staff employed in any course of educational program.

Fee waivers and reductions shall be granted to students whose families would have difficulty paying by reason of their low income. The USDA Child Nutrition Program guidelines shall be used to determine qualification for a fee waiver or reduction.

Fines or damage charges may be levied for lost textbooks, library books or equipment. In the event the student does not make proper restitution the students’ diplomas may be withheld but they are permitted to walk at graduation. A student may make restitution through a voluntary work program.

A charge for lost or damaged materials or equipment may be appealed to the superintendent or designee. Care will be exercised by advising students and their parent/guardian, in writing, regarding the nature of the damages, how restitution may be made, and how a student or their parent/guardian may request a hearing. When damages are $100 or less, a student or their parent/guardian has a right to appeal the imposition of a fine in a manner similar to that specified for a short-term suspension. When damages exceed $100, the student or their parent/guardian may request a hearing in the manner provided for in a long-term suspension.

All fees will be deposited with the business office on a regular basis. Where determined applicable the respective departments and school shall be credited by the amount of their deposit.

 

Adopted/Previous Revisions: 04/04/96; 04/23/09; 04/30/18
Updated: 09/26/22
Superintendent or Board Approved: Superintendent Approved