Please see the links for information about the BISD policy and procedures for the Interscholastic Activities Code; these links provide the actual language of the policy and procedures, a helpful FAQ is also provided belowActivities Code- FAQ (see below)BAINBRIDGE ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND INTERSCHOLASTIC ACTIVITIES CODE OF CONDUCT – Frequently Asked Questions
All BHS interscholastic and activities participants are encouraged to review the full text of the school district student activities and interscholastic activities policies and procedures as referenced in this document. The following “Q & A” format provides summary highlights and key issues associated with the policies and procedures that govern student participation in our activities programs.
1. What is the purpose for the Student Activities and Interscholastic Activities Code of Conduct?
Because co-curricular and interscholastic activities participants are representatives of our school and school district when they perform in public, it is reasonable to establish a high level of expectations regarding the behaviors exhibited by these participants. The Code of Conduct is the vehicle used to communicate these expectations and consequences to all participants. In addition, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) requires all member schools to implement a student activities code that establishes clear standard for participant behavior.
2. Does each sport and activity group (football, drama, debate, etc.) have separate Code of Conduct standards/rules?
No, the same Code of Conduct applies to all school-sponsored activities, groups and sports teams that represent our school. All “teams/group rules” must include and be consistent with the Code of Conduct.
3. When does the Code of Conduct apply to me as a participant in a school-sponsored group/activity?
All participants are expected to honor the Code of Conduct expectations 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year, in and out of any specific activity or sports season. Confirmed violations of the Code that occur “out of season” will result in the appropriate consequence beginning at the start of the next activity season.
4. What are the consequences associated with possession and/or use of alcohol, tobacco and/or other illegal drugs by a student who is a member of a school group/team?
Confirmed violation of the Code involving the use or possession of alcohol, tobacco and/or any illegal drug will result in the removal of the participant from their activity/team. The duration of the removal is summarized in the following table:
- 1st Violation A student will be immediately removed from the interscholastic team/activity for the remainder of the season. Ineligibility shall continue until the student completes an assessment by a certified chemical dependency counselor and follows the recommendations and/or treatment at which time the penalty will be reduced to 20% of the regular season contests scheduled for the year.
- 2nd Violation A student will be immediately removed from the interscholastic team/activity for the remainder of the season. Ineligibility shall continue until the student completes an assessment by a certified chemical dependency counselor and follows the recommendations and/or treatment at which time the penalty will be reduced to 20% of the regular season contests scheduled for the year.
- 3rd Violation A student who violates this provision for a third time shall be permanently ineligible for participation in the student activities program.
*Violations are cumulative during the participant’s high school experience
5. Is it a violation of the Code of Conduct if I attend a gathering where other students are using/possessing alcohol or drugs but I do not use alcohol or drugs at the event?
Yes, students are expected to avoid situations or functions at which alcohol, other illegal drugs, or tobacco are being used. Student attendance at such events will be considered “undesirable conduct” as stated in the Code of Conduct and result in consequences. The typical consequence for a first violation of the “undesirable conduct” code standard is suspension from the next scheduled competition/performance opportunity. Plagiarism and unexcused absences are two additional examples of code of conduct violations that are treated as “ undesirable conduct”.
6. How is the Code of Conduct enforced and how are alleged violations of the Code of Conduct investigated?
The Code of Conduct is best viewed as an “Honor Code”. As such, the individual participant is challenged to embrace the standards established in the code. In addition, parents are strongly encouraged to actively participate by expecting their son/daughter to live up to the standards articulated in the code and incorporate the code of conduct standards into their behavior expectations within the family setting. School officials (coaches, activity leaders, administrators, etc.) are also expected to communicate clear support and commitment to the Code of Conduct. Achieving maximum participant compliance is a shared responsibility for all members of the school community.
The athletic director and school administrators investigate all allegations/reports of Code of Conduct violations. Standard investigative practices (i.e. collection of direct evidence, interview of witnesses, etc.) will be employed in response to violation allegations. Any student who is accused of a violation will be given the opportunity to communicate their response to the allegation. A reasonable preponderance of evidence must be identified prior to a final determination that a code infraction has occurred.
7. Is there a process in place that allows for the appeal of a Code of Conduct penalty/consequence?
Yes, all participants have access to an appeal process that involves review by a school hearing committee, the Superintendent of School and, ultimately, the School Board of Directors. The appeal process is described in District Policy & Procedures #2150 and #2151.
8. Besides drug, alcohol and/or tobacco use prohibitions, does the Code of Conduct address other issues?
Yes, in addition to prohibitions regarding substance use, the Code of Conduct addresses issues such as school attendance, scholastic/academic eligibility, unsportsmanlike conduct, absence from practice, violation of school/community laws, etc.
9. Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns regarding the Code of Conduct?
There are a number of resources available to learn more about the BHS Code of Conduct. All activity/team leaders/coaches are expected to review the Code of Conduct at the beginning of each activity season. In addition, the athletic director, associate principals and the school principal are all available to review the Code of Conduct with participants and parents.