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Policy Alert: Extracurricular Activity Suspensions

ASBSD Policy Alert will be your source for the latest updates, commentary and information on school board policy.

 

SB 113: Revises the minimum suspension requirements for students participating in extracurricular activities.

 

SDCL 13-32-9 was amended by Senate Bill 113.

 

SDCL 13-32-9 requires students participating in SDHSAA activities to be suspended if adjudicated, convicted, the subject of an informal adjustment or court-approved diversion program, or the subject of a suspended imposition of sentence or suspended adjudication of delinquency, for possession, use, or distribution of controlled drugs or substances or marijuana, or for ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise taking into the body any prohibited substance.

 

The law as amended allows (but does not require) the one year suspension for a first offense to be reduced be thirty calendar days if the student participates in an assessment with a certified licensed addiction counselor, and if a suspension for a first offense is reduced to 30 calendar days, the student is also ineligible for a minimum of two SDHSAA sanctioned events upon completion of the reduced suspension period.

 

The one year suspension for a second offense may be reduced to 60 calendar days if the student completes an accredited intensive prevention or treatment program, and if the suspension for a second offense is reduced, the student is also ineligible for a minimum of six SDHSAA sanctioned events upon completion of the reduced suspension period. A student would be ineligible for the remainder of his or her high school for a third offense.

 

In order for events to count toward the minimum number of events for which the student is ineligible following a reduction in the suspension for a first or second offense, the student must participate in the entire activity season. A suspension that is not completed by the student during one activity season carries over to the next activity season in which the student participates. Also, the school may allow students who are ineligible to participate in activity events, competitions, and performances, to participate in practices.

 

No school may impose a lesser consequence than those established in SDCL 13-32-9, but a school board may adopt a policy with more strict consequences.

 

Following the passage of SB 113, ASBSD amended the following sample policies: 

  1. JGD: Student Suspension or Expulsion 
  2. JFCH: Alcohol And Other Drug Use By Students 
  3. IGDI: Interscholastic Athletics 
  4. IGD: Co-curricular and Extra-curricular Activities

See more sample policies at the ASBSD Policy Reference Manual website.

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