Students who begin the 2017-18 school year with outstanding fees will not be able to participate in athletics, prom, homecoming dances, promotion ceremonies, and extra-curricular activities such as clubs, dance, poms, cheer, and robotics. They also will not be eligible for parking permits and, in the case of graduating seniors, will not have access to their official transcripts. For more detailed information on student fees, see Board of Education policy 4:140.
In an effort to recover unpaid student fees, the District 308 Board of Education approved the new policy at its February 27, 2017 board meeting. The policy will be implemented for the 2017-18 school year but will be retroactive, meaning all outstanding debt will need to be paid by the start of the new school year.
Student fees are due immediately once assessed, and students whose fees are paid in full will not be affected by the new policy. Families who do not know if their students have outstanding fees can access their children’s accounts in HOME ACCESS on the PARENT TAB on the district website. Families who cannot afford to pay off the entire balance of outstanding fees are advised to begin paying down the balances and continue making payments through the summer.
The board stressed that the new policy was not created to punish students who cannot afford to pay fees and that denying participation in activities is the last course of action the district wants to take. Low-income families and families experiencing hardship can apply for a waiver.