The board recognizes the value of a program of interscholastic athletics as an integral part of the total school experience to all students of the district and to the community. The program of interscholastic athletics shall include all activities relating to competitive sport contests, games or events, or sports exhibitions involving individual students or teams of students of this district when such events occur between separate schools within this district or with any schools outside this district. The board expects that:
- All interscholastic activities and events shall be in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). The schools of the district shall not participate in any out-of-season athletics that are not sanctioned by the WIAA. The district shall not be responsible or liable for nonschool-sponsored programs or for programs that are organized, promoted or participated in by staff members without school approval. The district shall not be responsible for or control and incur liability for summer and/or out-of-season activities unless specifically sponsored by the school district. The superintendent shall establish rules defining the circumstances under which school facilities may be used and under which announcements of summer sports leagues and/or clinics may be channeled to students.
- An athletic coach must be properly trained and qualified for an assignment as described in the coach's job description. Volunteer coaches work under the supervision of the head coach.
- A syllabus which outlines the skills, techniques and safety measures associated with a coaching assignment will be distributed to each coach. A coach must secure permission in advance if he/she wishes to deviate from the syllabus.
- Inservice training opportunities will be afforded each coach so that he/she is trained to attend to the health care needs of participants. Prior to a sports season, the coach will prepare a plan for handling medical emergencies at practice sessions and games (home and away).
- Participants will be issued equipment that has been properly maintained and fitted.
- All facilities and equipment utilized in the interscholastic athletic program, whether or not the property of the district, shall be inspected on a regular basis.
- Nonprescribed medications, including such items as analgesic balms, vitamins and salt tablets, must be approved by the superintendent before they may be available for use by coaches and/or athletic trainers. After athletic training medications have been approved, the coach and/or trainer must secure authorization from the parent and the student's doctor before the medications may be used during the athletic season. If such release is not on file, the nonprescribed medications may not be used. This provision does not preclude the coach and/or trainer from using approved first aid items.
- The board recognizes that certain risks are associated with participation in interscholastic sports. While the district will strive to prevent injuries and accidents to students, each participant and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) will be required to sign a statement which indicates that the parent(s) and the student acknowledge the risks for injuries resulting from such participation and give assurance that the student will follow the instructions of the coach.
- Each participant shall be required to furnish evidence of physical fitness prior to becoming a member of an interscholastic team. A written report shall be completed when a student is injured while participating in a school-supervised activity. A participant shall be free of injury and shall have fully recovered from illness before participating in any activity.
The superintendent or designee shall annually prepare and approve the program of interscholastic athletics for the school year. Any change in the interscholastic athletic program shall be presented to the board for its consideration. The superintendent shall prepare rules for the conduct of student athletes including, but not limited to, use of alcoholic beverages; use of tobacco; use or possession of illegal chemical substances or opiates not prescribed by a physician; physical appearance; curfew; unsportsmanlike conduct; absence from practice, gambling; or any infraction of civil law. Rules and disciplinary actions related to rule violations shall be distributed to each participant and his/her parents prior to the beginning of an athletic season.
Intramural sports shall be encouraged in all schools as a part of the regular physical education program, the noon recreational program, and the after-school hours program in order that all pupils may have the opportunity to participate.
Athletic and Social Events
All social and athletic events must be properly chaperoned by teachers or by both parents and teachers. These teachers shall have full authority to supervise and control such parts of the building as are being used for the function. Unless expressly approved by the building principal, all social functions and sports events to which the public is invited, conducted by pupils for the Lake Washington Public Schools, and sponsored in the name of a recognized and approved school organization are to be given in the school. Every effort shall be made to not hold such events on evenings prior to a school day.