3313.537 Community school student participation in public school activities.

(A) As used in this section, "extracurricular activity" means a pupil activity program that a school or school district operates and is not included in the school district's graded course of study, including an interscholastic extracurricular activity that a school or school district sponsors or participates in and that has participants from more than one school or school district.

(B)

(1) A student in grades seven to twelve who is enrolled in a community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code that is sponsored by the city, local, or exempted village school district in which the student is entitled to attend school pursuant to section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code shall be afforded the opportunity to participate in any extracurricular activities offered at the traditional public school that is operated by the school district and to which the student otherwise would be assigned. If more than one such school operated by the school district serves the student's grade level, the student shall be afforded the opportunity to participate in any extracurricular activities offered at the school to which the student would be assigned by the district superintendent pursuant to section 3319.01 of the Revised Code.

(2) A student who is enrolled in a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics school established under Chapter 3326. of the Revised Code shall not be prohibited from participating in any extracurricular activities offered at the traditional public school that is operated by the school district in which the student is entitled to attend school pursuant to section 3313.64 or 3313.65 of the Revised Code and to which the student otherwise would be assigned. If more than one such school operated by the school district serves the student's grade level, the student shall be afforded the opportunity to participate in any extracurricular activities offered at the school to which the student would be assigned by the district superintendent pursuant to section 3319.01 of the Revised Code.

(C) In order to participate in any extracurricular activity under this section, the student shall fulfill the same academic, nonacademic, and financial requirements as any other participant, including the rules and policies adopted by the school district under section 3313.535 of the Revised Code. The school district board of education may require a community school student to enroll and participate in no more than one academic course at the school offering the extracurricular activity as a condition to participating in the activity. In that case, the board shall admit students seeking to enroll in an academic course to fulfill the requirement as space allows after first enrolling students assigned to that school.

(D) No school district board of education shall take any action contrary to the provisions of this section.

(E) No school or school district shall impose fees for a student to participate under this section that exceed any fees charged to other students participating in the same extracurricular activity.

(F) No school district, interscholastic conference, or organization that regulates interscholastic conferences or events shall require a student who is eligible to participate in extracurricular activities under this section to meet eligibility requirements that conflict with this section.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Effective Date: 05-27-2005; 2007 HB119 09-29-2007