From Bellevue School Board Procedure 2151P

The Athletics/Activities Code is in effect from the time a student is enrolled in any one of the district’s high schools until the student graduates from any one of the district’s high schools.

  • Sanctions issued under this procedure will be implemented by the school principal or assistant principal in consultation with other staff as appropriate.
  • If a student commits an infraction of this Code, but is not currently involved in a sport/activity, the sanction will be applied in the next consecutive sports season in which the student participates.
    • If the student does not participate in a sport/activity within a calendar year, the sanction will not be applied.
    • Participation is defined as follows: the student must report for try-outs and complete the season in order to serve the sanction that has been imposed.

Sanctions are cumulative throughout a student’s high school years and will not start over each year.

  • Sanctions apply to the sport and the activity if the student participates in both concurrently during a given school year.
  • If a sanction to be imposed would overlap with a time when the student is ineligible to participate in a sport or activity for reasons including but not limited to, grades, injury, or practice requirements, the sanction will not begin until the student becomes eligible to participate.

Under Policy 2151 (Interscholastic Activities), students who participate in athletics and/or activities are expected to set a positive example for all students by their actions and to promote a school atmosphere free from alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, and controlled substances and refrain from their unlawful use.

  • Any unlawful use of controlled substances, alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco is a violation of the Code.
  • For the purpose of this procedure, alcohol, marijuana, and controlled substances are treated alike.

First Violation

The student shall be immediately ineligible to participate in the sport or activity for the remainder of the season or activity. The ineligibility will continue unless the student participates in an assessment by a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor/Agency and follows any recommendations and/or treatment.

The student/and or parent(s) must agree to a release of information to the District from such counselor/agency, documenting the assessment and that recommendations and/or treatment   are   underway   or   completed.

Should there   be   subsequent drug/alcohol violations the student must complete a separate assessment for each violation.

  • If the student completes an assessment as set forth in A.1, the school administrator may determine that the student is eligible to resume participation as follows:
    • If the student honestly self-reports, by initiating contact with a school official and explains the circumstances and the student’s involvement in the violation, the student will be prohibited from participation from no more than 20% of the regular season contests and/or playoff season, if applicable, for the sport/athletic activity;
    • If the student does not self-report but is honest, cooperative and admits his/her involvement in the alleged violation, the student will be prohibited from participation in at least 35% of the regular season contests and/or playoff season, if applicable, for the sport/athletic activity;
    • If the student neither self-reports nor cooperates, nor admits his/her involvement in the violation of this Code, but is found to have violated the Code, the student will be  prohibited  from  participation  for  at  least  50%  of  the  regular  season contests and/or playoff season, if applicable, for the sport/athletic activity;

If the full sanction cannot be served during the regular season or playoff season, the sanction will carry-over to the next season in which the student participates until the sanction is fully served, or one calendar year has passed.

It may not be feasible or practical to apply a comparable percentage sanction to a student participant for a violation of this Code in a non-sport activity, therefore, the principal or assistant principal may determine an appropriate sanction commensurate with the  nature  of  the  activity,  the  student’s  offense,  honesty,  and  his/her  own conduct, and/or other relevant factors.

A student athlete who wishes to appeal the imposition of this sanction may appeal the decision at the school level by requesting an appeal conference with the Principal.

  • If the school decision was made by the Principal or was upheld by the Principal, the student athlete may request an appeal conference with the District Activities and Athletics Director and is entitled due process rights outlined in WAC 392-400-240 (Discipline – Grievance procedure).

Second Violation

  • A student who commits a second violation will be ineligible for interscholastic athletics competition and participation in extra-curricular activities for a period of one (1) calendar year from the date of the second violation.
  • Because it may not be feasible or practical to apply a comparable percentage sanction to a student participant for a violation of this Code for activities without a defined season of participation, the sanctions set forth for the second violation may be modified.
    • The principal or assistant principal will determine an appropriate sanction commensurate with the nature of the activity, the student’s offense, honesty, and his/her own conduct, and/or other relevant factors.
  • A student athlete who wishes to appeal the imposition of this sanction may appeal the decision at the school level by requesting an appeal conference with the Principal.
    • If the school decision was made by the Principal or was upheld by the Principal, the student athlete may request an appeal conference with the District Activities and Athletics Director and is entitled due process rights outlined in WAC 392-400-240 (Discipline – Grievance procedure).
    • If the appeal is related to a second violation of controlled substance use, and the athlete competes in a sport sanctioned by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), the appeal is made to the Executive Director of the WIAA.

Third Violation

Upon a finding of a third violation of this Code, the participant shall be permanently ineligible for interscholastic competition and shall be denied participation in any and all athletics/extra-curricular activities in the district for the remainder of his or her high school career.

A student athlete who wishes to appeal the imposition of this sanction may appeal the decision at the school level by requesting an appeal conference with the Principal.

  • If the school decision was made by the Principal or was upheld by the Principal, the student athlete may request an appeal conference with the District Activities and Athletics Director and is entitled due process rights outlined in WAC 392-400-240 (Discipline – Grievance procedure).
  • If the appeal is related to a second violation of controlled substance use, and the athlete competes in a sport sanctioned by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), the appeal is made to the Executive Director of the WIAA.

Implementation of Sanctions and Process

If there is a reasonable belief that a student has violated this Code and such violation is made known to an employee of the Bellevue School District, the allegation must be reported to a building administrator and/or Athletic/Activity Director.

  • The allegation will be investigated and the affected student will be given an opportunity to explain his/her involvement, and as needed, a conference may be scheduled by the administration with the student and/or parent/guardian to review the alleged violation.
  • If it is concluded that the student did violate this Code, the sanctions outlined above will be imposed in addition to any other sanctions that may be applicable pursuant to other district policies and procedures.

Further, consistent with the third paragraph in the introduction to this procedure, a student may be immediately removed and/or suspended from an activity or event if his/her presence would cause the risk of disruption or health or safety concerns if he/she remained.

Sanctions under this Code are to be interpreted in a common sense manner, and are not to be interpreted in any way that would limit the application of disciplinary sanctions that would otherwise be imposed under other applicable policies and procedures when appropriate.

Records of sanctions imposed under this procedure with regard to any student within the District will be maintained in the same manner as any other student information is maintained.

Should a sanction under this procedure be applicable for a co-curricular activity that is part of credit course for grade (examples may be drama, music, journalism, art), or other school approved activities as defined in Policy 2150 (Co-Curricular Program), the principal or assistant principal will determine what an appropriate sanction will be for the co-curricular event portion of the activity commensurate with the nature of the co-curricular activity, the student’s offense, honesty, and his/her own conduct, and/or other relevant factors.

With regard only to a student’s illegal use of tobacco in violation of this policy, the principal or assistant principal may waive or modify the sanctions set out above to impose a punishment commensurate with the illegal tobacco use.

Each school, program, and activity will make a reasonable effort to notify all student participants about the Athletic/Activity Code, its requirements and sanctions on an annual basis.

In addition, students who exhibit any of the behaviors that rise to the level of exceptional misconduct as defined in Policy and Procedure 3241 (Classroom Management, Discipline and Corrective Action) may also be subject to sanctions under this Code.

  • The principal or assistant principal may determine an appropriate sanction commensurate with the nature of the activity, the student’s offense, honesty, and his/her own conduct, and/or other relevant factors.
  • A student athlete who wishes to appeal the imposition of this sanction may appeal the decision at the school level by requesting an appeal conference with the Principal.

If the school decision was made by the Principal or was upheld by the Principal, the student athlete may request an appeal conference with the District Activities and Athletics Director and is entitled due process rights outlined in WAC 392-400-240 (Discipline – Grievance procedure).