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Series 507.2AR - Student Fees and Fines

Adopted: March 1992
Revised: August 2020

1.    Definition – Student fees may include, but are not limited to, fees for cocurricular activities, band instrument rental, behind-the-wheel driver education, student parking, early entrance testing, graduation ceremonies, fee-for-service transportation, early childhood and extended-time programs and the electronic device protection plan.

2.    Schools may require payment of fees by students for:

2.1   Supplemental workbooks that are optional for the students to use;

2.2   Field trips considered supplemental to the educational program, and

2.3   Additional or more costly materials used for a project when the resultant product is in excess of minimum requirements and, at the student’s option, becomes the personal property of the student.

2.3.1  Fees should be charged for the cost of materials when a student chooses to do something above and beyond what is required and approved by the teacher, i.e., cooking steak rather than hamburger, building a bookcase with mahogany rather than pine or conducting an additional science experiment that is not required to complete the course.

2.3.2  Fees should not be charged if the materials are required and/or chosen by a teacher, i.e., a teacher decides a food lab class will use steak rather than hamburger, an industrial arts teacher selects a different construction material for a student or a teacher requires a student to perform a science experiment using specialized materials.

2.4   Other fees authorized by law.

3.    Cocurricular Activities Fees

3.1   General Rules for Cocurricular Fees

3.1.1  Cocurricular fees will be waived for students who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals and for international exchange students.

3.1.2  Fees are to be paid at the beginning of each activity season. If a student quits an activity within five school days, the fee will be refunded. If a student switches sports and there is a difference in fees, the difference will be refunded or the student will be asked to pay the difference.

3.2   Policy 604, Cocurricular Student Activities, defines cocurricular activities as district-sponsored and directed athletic, fine arts and academic activities for which the student receives no credit toward graduation, which are designed to provide opportunities for students to improve skills through group or individual activities at school and public events.

3.2.1  Academic activities include Academic Quiz Bowl, Chess, Knowledge Bowl, Math Team, Science Olympiad, Mock Trial, Robotics and Rocket Team.

3.2.2  Fine Arts activities include debate, speech, musical reviews, one-act plays, vocal ensembles, instrumental ensembles, dance shows, plays, and/or madrigals.

3.3   Middle school students (grades 7-8) - No middle school student will be charged more than $385 per year to participate in cocurricular activities.

3.3.1  Athletics – Students will be charged $110 per sport and may participate in up to four sports each year.

3.3.2       Fine Arts and Academics – Students will be charged $44 per activity excluding members of the pit orchestra, technical crews and Chess Club.

3.3.3       Intramurals and athletic training programs – Fees will range from $17-$165 per activity based upon the amount of supervision required and the cost of supplies and facilities.

3.4   High School Students (grades 9-12) – No high school student will be charged more than $385 per year to participate in cocurricular activities.

3.4.1  Students in grade 9 and middle school students participating in a high school sport will be charged:

$149 per sport;

$55 per academic activity, and

$66 per fine arts activity.

3.4.2  Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 will be charged:

3.4.2.1  $165 per sport for cross country, cheerleading, danceline, Nordic skiing and tennis;

3.4.2.2  $176 per sport for baseball, basketball, figure skating, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swim and dive, track, volleyball, and wrestling;

3.4.2.3  $204 per sport for football and hockey, and

3.4.2.4  The cost of the lift ticket for Alpine skiing, $204 of which applies to the fee cap.

3.4.3  Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 who participate in academic activities will be charged $55 per activity.

3.4.4  Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 who participate in fine arts activities will be charged $88 per activity.

3.4.5  No fees will be charged for primarily service activities or extended classroom activities such as literary magazines, newspaper, yearbook, honor societies, clubs, radio, student council, class officers, tech theater, pit orchestra and TV tech crew. Fees charged for membership in national organizations such as National Honor Society are considered registration fees and will not be included in the $385 fee cap.

3.4.6 Fees for high school intramural activities and athletic training programs will range from $17-$165 per activity based upon the amount of supervision required and the cost of supplies and facilities.

3.5   Adaptive Athletics (middle school and high school students) – Students in all grade levels will be charged $110 per sport.

4.    Band Instrument Fees

4.1   Students in grades 5-6 will be charged $100 per year for the use of school-owned band instruments other than percussion. Students who qualify for reduced-price school meals will be charged $20 per year.

4.2   Students in grades 6-8 will be charged $45 per year for the use of school-owned percussion instruments. Students who qualify for reduced-price school meals will be charged $9 per year.

4.3   Students in grades 7-12 will be charged $100 per year for the use of school-owned instruments other than percussion. Students who qualify for reduced-price school meals will be charged $20 per year.

4.4   Students in grades 9-12 will be charged $50 per year for the use of school-owned percussion instruments. Students who qualify for reduced-price school meals will be charged $10 per year.

4.5   Students in grades 9-12 will be charged $50 per year for the use of school-owned percussion instruments that will remain at the school. Students who qualify for reduced-price school meals will be charged $10 per year.

5.    Driver Education Fees – Students will be charged $302 for participation in behind-the-wheel driver education training. Fees for the behind-the-wheel driver education program will be sufficient to result in a financially self-sustaining program.

6.    Student Parking Fees and Fines

6.1   High school students will be charged $80 per student per trimester ($60 per quarter), or $5 per day, for parking in the high school parking lot if there is space available.

6.2   High school students may be fined up to $20 per violation for parking lot violations on school property.

7.    Early Entrance Testing Fee – Eligible students will be charged $200 for participation in early entrance to kindergarten testing. The fee must be submitted with District Procedure 501.2.2P, Request for Consideration for Early Entrance to Kindergarten.

8.    Graduation Ceremony Fee – Students who participate in a graduation ceremony will be charged $40 to defray the costs of security, additional staff support, site preparation, equipment rental, printing and postage.

9.    Fee-For-Service Transportation – Students ineligible for transportation (Policy 707, Student Transportation) who choose the fee-for-service transportation option will pay a $300 annual fee for bus service to their attendance area school. Families with two or more children will pay a maximum of $600 annually. Students who qualify for reduced-price school meals will pay a  $150 annual fee ($300 annual family cap); students who qualify for free school meals will pay a $75 annual fee ($150 annual family cap). Families that register early (between June 1 and July 31) will receive a discounted rate.

10.   Fees for Early Childhood Programs – Minnesota law requires that early childhood programs establish a sliding fee scale (see below) but the fee shall be waived for participants unable to pay.


2020-21 Connections Preschool Fee Schedule

Select family size and annual income range to determine tuition fee.

               Family size                                          Annual Income Ranges

2

$0-$31,284

$31,285 - $33,820

$33,821 - $38,048

$38,049+

3

$0-$39,461

$39,462 - $42,660

$42,661 - $47,992

$47,993+

4

$0-$47,638

$47,639 - $51,500

$51,501 - $57,937

$57,938+

5

$0-$55,815

$55,816 - $60,340

$60,341 - $75,425

$75,426+

6

$0-$63,992

$63,993 - $69,180

$69,180 - $77,827

$77,828+

7

$0-$72,169

$72,170 - $78,020

$70,412 - $87,772

$87,773+

For each add’l family
member, add:

$8,177

$8,177

$8,177

$8,177

        Course description                               Monthly tuition per three-year-old child

2 day/week – 2 hours/day

$0

$22

$55

$109

Preschool Discovery
2 days/week – 2.5 hours/day

$0

$27

$68

$135

3 days/week – 2 hours/day

$0

$33

$82

$163

        Course description                               Monthly tuition per four-year-old child

3 days/week – 2.5 hours/day

$0

$37

$92

$183

5 days/week – 2.5 hours/day

$0

$45

$113

$226

5 days/week – 6.5 hours/day

$0

$87

$216

$431

Digital only classes - $14/day

$0

$36

$90

$180

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.    Extended-Time Program Fees – Students not currently enrolled in a District 196 school may pay to participate in extended-time programs. Hourly rates are as follows: elementary school $4.88/hr., middle school $4.47/hr., and high school $6.32/hr

12.   Electronic Device Protection Plan – Students receiving a district-owned electronic device for use during the school year have the option to purchase the Protection Plan for damage or theft at a cost of $20/year. Students who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals have the option to purchase the Protection Plan at a cost of $10/year. Subsequent incidents of accidental damage to the covered device will cost $40 each ($20 for students who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals). Without the Protection Plan coverage, the cost of repairs or replacement is the responsibility of the student’s parents/guardians or adult student.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

References:   - Minnesota Administrative Rule 3500.1050, Definitions for Pupil Fees

                      - Minnesota Statutes 123B.34-39, Minnesota Public School Fee Law              

Regulations/507.2AR/9-15-20