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5045 - Student Fees



Student Fees


            The District shall provide free instruction in accordance with the Nebraska State Constitution and Nebraska statutes.  The district also provides activities, programs, and services that extend beyond the minimum level of constitutionally required free instruction.  Under the Public Elementary and Secondary Student Fee Authorization Act, the district is permitted to charge students fees for these activities or to require students to provide specialized equipment and attire for certain purposes.  This policy is subject to further interpretation or guidance by administrative or board regulations.  Students are encouraged to contact their building principal, teachers or coaches, and sponsors for further specifics.


  1. Definitions.

1.         “Students” means students, their parents, guardians or other legal representatives.

2.         “Extracurricular activities” means student activities or organizations that (1) are supervised or administered by the District; (2) do not count toward graduation or advancement between grades; and (3) are not otherwise required.

3.         “Post-secondary education costs” means tuition and other fees associated with obtaining credit from a post-secondary institution. 


B.        Listing of Fees Charged by this District.

1.         Guidelines for Clothing Required for Specified Courses and Activities.

            Students are responsible for complying with the district’s grooming and attire guidelines and for furnishing all clothing required for any special programs, courses or activities in which they participate.  The teacher, coach, or sponsor of the activity will provide students with written guidelines that detail any clothing requirements and explain why this special clothing is required for the program, course, or activity.


            2.         Safety Equipment and Attire.

            The district will provide students with all safety equipment and attire that is required by law.  Building administrators will assure that (a) such equipment is available in the appropriate classes and areas of the school buildings, (b) teachers are directed to instruct students in the use of such devices, and (c) students use the devices as required.  Students are responsible for using the devices safely and as instructed. 


3.         Personal or Consumable Items.

            The district will provide students with personal or consumable items for participation in courses and activities including, but not limited to, pencils, paper, pens, erasers and notebooks.  Students who wish to supply their own personal or consumable items may do so, as long as those items comply with the requirements of the district.  The district will provide students with facilities, equipment, materials and supplies, including books.  Students are responsible for the careful and appropriate use of such property.  Students will be charged for damage to school property caused by the student and will be held responsible for the reasonable replacement cost of any school property that they lose.





            4.         Materials Required for Course Projects.

            The district will provide students with the materials necessary to complete all curricular projects.  In courses where students produce a project that requires more than minimal cost for materials, the finished product will remain the property of the district unless the students either furnish or pay for the reasonable cost of materials required for the course project. 



            5.         Extracurricular Activities.

            The district may charge students a fee to participate in extracurricular activities to cover the district’s reasonable costs in offering such activities.  The district may require students to furnish specialized equipment and clothing that is required for participation in extracurricular activities, or may charge a reasonable fee for the use of district-owned equipment or attire.  The coach or sponsor will provide students, parents, and others with additional written guidelines detailing the fees charged, the equipment and/or clothing required, or the usage fee charged.  The guidelines will explain the reasons that fees, equipment and/or clothing are required.


            6.         Post-Secondary Education Costs.

            Some students enroll in postsecondary courses while still enrolled in the district’s high school.  As a general rule, students must pay all costs associated with such post-secondary courses.  However, for a course in which students receive high school credit or a course being taken as part of an approved accelerated or differentiated curriculum program, the district shall offer the course without charge for tuition, transportation, books, or other fees.  Students who chose to apply for post-secondary education credit for these courses must pay tuition and all other fees associated with obtaining credits from a post-secondary educational institution.


            7.         Transportation Costs.

            The district may charge students reasonable fees for transportation services provided by the district to the extent permitted by federal and state statutes and regulations.


            8.         Participation in Summer School or Night School.     

            The district will charge reasonable fees for participation in summer school or night school and may charge reasonable fees for correspondence courses.


            9.         Charges for Food Consumed by Students.

            The district will charge for items that students purchase from the district’s breakfast and lunch programs.  The fees charged for these items will be set according to applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.  The district will charge students for the cost of food, beverages, and the like purchased from: school store, vending machine, booster club or from similar sources.  Students may be required to bring money or food for field trip lunches and similar activities.

            The amounts charged for the breakfast and lunch programs are established annually.


            10.       Charges  for Computer Use

            The district may charge students reasonable fees to    take the school purchased computers

 home at night. All Computers will be subject to WPPS “internet use policy”.  Take home privileges

 may be  revoked at any time with  no refund.




C.        Waiver Policy.

            Students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches under United States Department of Agriculture child nutrition programs shall be provided a fee waiver or be provided the necessary materials or equipment without charge for (1) participation in extracurricular activities, (2) materials for course projects, and (3) the use of a musical instrument in optional music courses that are not extracurricular activities.  Actual participation in the free or reduced-price lunch program is not required to qualify for the waivers provided in this section.  The district is not obligated to provide any particular type or quality of equipment or other material to eligible students.  Students who wish to be considered for waiver of a particular fee must submit a completed fee waiver application to their building principal.

D.        Distribution of Policy.

            This policy will be published in the Student Handbook.





F.         Student Fee Fund.

            The school board hereby establishes a Student Fee Fund.  The Student Fee Fund shall be a separate school district fund that will not be funded by tax revenue, and that will serve a depository for all monies collected from students for (1) participation in extracurricular activities, (2) post-secondary education costs, and (3) summer school or night school courses.  Monies in the Student Fee Fund shall be expended only for the purposes for which they were collected.


            Annually, the Board of Education shall hear a public report on student fees.  The hearing shall include a review of the amount of money collected from students pursuant to, and the use of waivers provided in, the student fee policy.



Adopted on:     11-14-2005


Revised on:     08/08/2016


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