Extracurricular Activities

COLORADO STATUTE REGARDING PARTICIPATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOL EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
22-32-116.5. Extracurricular and interscholastic activities

(1) (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, each school district and each public school, subject to the requirements of this section, shall allow any student enrolled in a school or participating in a nonpublic home-based educational program to participate on an equal basis in any activity offered by the school district or the public school that is not offered at the student’s school of attendance or through the student’s nonpublic home-based educational program. A school district or school shall not adopt or agree to be bound by any rule or policy of any organization or association that would prohibit any participation allowed by this section. Each nonpublic school may allow a student to participate in a particular activity offered by the nonpublic school, at the nonpublic school’s discretion.

(b) Any student may participate in an activity through any amateur association or league of which the school or school district is not a member, and such participation shall not prevent the student from participating or affect the student’s eligibility to participate in the same activity at any school, subject to the limitations specified in this section. Prior to participating in any activity through such an amateur association or league, the student shall obtain the express written permission of the principal of the school at which the student participates in the activity, which permission shall be granted if:

(I) The student’s class attendance is not compromised; and

(II) The student is in good academic standing under the school’s activities policy applicable to all students.

(c) No school or school district that receives funds under article 54 of this title shall belong to any organization or association nor enforce any rule of a coach or principal that would prohibit a student’s participation in any school or interscholastic school activity based upon the student’s participation in lawful activities during out-of-school hours and off of school property.

(2) (a) A student may participate in activities only at the student’s school of attendance or through the student’s nonpublic home-based educational program, whichever is applicable, unless the school of attendance or nonpublic home-based educational program does not offer an activity in which the student wishes to participate.

(b) If a student’s school of attendance or nonpublic home-based educational program does not offer an activity in which the student wishes to participate, the student may participate in the activity at another public school in the student’s school district of attendance or in the student’s school district of residence. If the activity is not offered at any public school in the school district of attendance or the school district of residence, the student may participate in the activity at a public school in a school district that is contiguous to the student’s school district of residence or at the nearest public school that has the facilities for and offers the activity, even if the public school is not in a contiguous school district.

Ref: C.R.S. 22-32-116.5

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