Florida Senate - 2013                                     SB 956
       By Senator Bean
       4-00693B-13                                            2013956__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to extracurricular activities;
    3         amending s. 1002.20, F.S.; providing that K-12 public
    4         school students who meet certain requirements have a
    5         right to participate in extracurricular activities;
    6         amending s. 1006.15, F.S.; authorizing public school
    7         students attending a public school that does not offer
    8         a particular extracurricular activity to participate
    9         in that extracurricular activity at another school,
   10         subject to certain requirements; deleting a criterion
   11         for students who are enrolled in non-FHSAA member
   12         private schools to participate in interscholastic or
   13         intrascholastic sports; providing an effective date.
   15  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   17         Section 1. Present paragraph (e) of subsection (18) of
   18  section 1002.20, Florida Statutes, is redesignated as paragraph
   19  (f), and a new paragraph (e) is added to that subsection, to
   20  read:
   21         1002.20 K-12 student and parent rights.—Parents of public
   22  school students must receive accurate and timely information
   23  regarding their child’s academic progress and must be informed
   24  of ways they can help their child to succeed in school. K-12
   25  students and their parents are afforded numerous statutory
   26  rights including, but not limited to, the following:
   27         (18) EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.—In accordance with the
   28  provisions of s. 1006.15:
   29         (e) Public school students.—Public school students who meet
   30  specified academic and conduct requirements may participate in
   31  extracurricular activities at any public school that the student
   32  could choose to attend pursuant to district or interdistrict
   33  controlled open enrollment provisions, or may develop an
   34  agreement to participate at a private school.
   35         Section 2. Paragraphs (h), (i), and (j) are added to
   36  subsection (3) of section 1006.15, Florida Statutes, and
   37  subsection (8) of that section is amended, to read:
   38         1006.15 Student standards for participation in
   39  interscholastic and intrascholastic extracurricular student
   40  activities; regulation.—
   41         (3)
   42         (h) A student who attends a public school that does not
   43  offer a particular extracurricular activity may participate at
   44  any public school that the student could choose to attend
   45  pursuant to district or interdistrict controlled open enrollment
   46  provisions, or may develop an agreement to participate in that
   47  extracurricular activity at a private school, if the student:
   48         1. Meets the requirements for eligibility to participate in
   49  interscholastic extracurricular activities, as provided under
   50  paragraph (a);
   51         2. Demonstrates educational progress at the school he or
   52  she attends as required in paragraph (b);
   53         3. Meets the same standards of acceptance, behavior, and
   54  performance that are required of other students in
   55  extracurricular activities;
   56         4. Pays any fees required of other students who participate
   57  in the extracurricular activity; and
   58         5. Registers with the school that offers the
   59  extracurricular activity his or her intent to participate in the
   60  interscholastic extracurricular activity at that school before
   61  the beginning date of the season for the activity in which he or
   62  she wishes to participate. A public school student must be able
   63  to participate in a curricular activity if it is a requirement
   64  for an extracurricular activity. The student may choose to
   65  participate in the required curricular activity at the school he
   66  or she attends or at the school in which he or she participates
   67  in the extracurricular activity.
   68         (i) A student who has been unable to maintain academic
   69  eligibility for participation in interscholastic extracurricular
   70  activities is ineligible to participate in such activities under
   71  paragraph (h) until the student has successfully completed one
   72  grading period.
   73         (j) The parents of a student who participates in an
   74  extracurricular activity under paragraph (h) are responsible for
   75  transporting their child to and from the school at which the
   76  student participates. The public school the student attends, the
   77  school at which the student participates in the extracurricular
   78  activity, the district school board, and the Florida High School
   79  Athletic Association (FHSAA) are exempt from civil liability
   80  arising from any injury that occurs to the student during such
   81  transportation.
   82         (8)(a) The FHSAA Florida High School Athletic Association
   83  (FHSAA), in cooperation with each district school board, shall
   84  facilitate a program in which a middle school or high school
   85  student who attends a private school shall be eligible to
   86  participate in an interscholastic or intrascholastic sport at a
   87  public high school, a public middle school, or a 6-12 public
   88  school that is zoned for the physical address at which the
   89  student resides if:
   90         1. The private school in which the student is enrolled is
   91  not a member of the FHSAA and does not offer an interscholastic
   92  or intrascholastic athletic program.
   93         2. The private school student meets the guidelines for the
   94  conduct of the program established by the FHSAA’s board of
   95  directors and the district school board. At a minimum, such
   96  guidelines shall provide:
   97         a. A deadline for each sport by which the private school
   98  student’s parents must register with the public school in
   99  writing their intent for their child to participate at that
  100  school in the sport.
  101         b. Requirements for a private school student to
  102  participate, including, but not limited to, meeting the same
  103  standards of eligibility, acceptance, behavior, educational
  104  progress, and performance which apply to other students
  105  participating in interscholastic or intrascholastic sports at a
  106  public school or FHSAA member private school.
  107         (b) The parents of a private school student participating
  108  in a public school sport under this subsection are responsible
  109  for transporting their child to and from the public school at
  110  which the student participates. The private school the student
  111  attends, the public school at which the student participates in
  112  a sport, the district school board, and the FHSAA are exempt
  113  from civil liability arising from any injury that occurs to the
  114  student during such transportation.
  115         (c) For each academic year, a private school student may
  116  only participate at the public school in which the student is
  117  first registered under sub-subparagraph (a)2.a. or makes himself
  118  or herself a candidate for an athletic team by engaging in a
  119  practice.
  120         (d) The athletic director of each participating FHSAA
  121  member public school shall maintain the student records
  122  necessary for eligibility, compliance, and participation in the
  123  program.
  124         (e) Any non-FHSAA member private school that has a student
  125  who wishes to participate in this program must make all student
  126  records, including, but not limited to, academic, financial,
  127  disciplinary, and attendance records, available upon request of
  128  the FHSAA.
  129         (f) A student must apply to participate in this program
  130  through the FHSAA program application process.
  131         (g) Only Students who are enrolled in non-FHSAA member
  132  private schools consisting of 125 students or fewer are eligible
  133  to participate in the program in any given academic year.
  134         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.