Extracurricular Suspensions for Drug and Alcohol Violations
The Wallingford Swarthmore School District recognizes and appreciates the importance and value of student participation in extracurricular activities and athletics. Students are reminded that representing one's school as a member of athletic teams, clubs or other student organizations, and/or school officer and leadership positions is a privilege, and are asked to remember that they serve as representatives of the Wallingford Swarthmore School District both while at school and away from school.
The Pennsylvania School Code (24 P.S. 5-511) empowers school boards to regulate athletics, publications, and organizations, and to "provide for the suspension, dismissal, or other reasonable penalties" for violations, though the decision to restrict or revoke a student's participation in athletics or other extracurricular activities is not one that is made lightly.
While participation in student activities is strongly encouraged, students are reminded that their participation can be suspended or revoked for serious breaches of student conduct that occur in or away from school in accordance with the guidelines outlined in Wallingford-Swarthmore School District's Policy 227.