HB 1660 asserts that interscholastic athletics and activities are a vital part of enriching students’ educational experiences and developing students into responsible adults, and also acknowledges that the fees associated with obtaining Associated Student Body (ASB) cards and with participating in extracurricular activities may create an obstacle to participation by students who are low income.
Therefore, the legislature intends to lessen the obstacles to participation caused by fees charged to students who are low income by producing equitable access to opportunities that advance academic, social, and emotional outcomes, while also collecting data and addressing barriers to extracurricular activities.
A new section is added to RCW chapter 28A.320 to establish that school districts must collect and report to the ASB Executive Board the data related to ASB card purchase and student participation by April 1st, 2020, and every year thereafter. Furthermore, this data must be collected and published beginning August 31st, 2020, and every year thereafter.
This chapter is also amended to include calculation of extracurricular activity opportunity gaps by the school district, as well as to address an extracurricular activity opportunity gap reduction for ASB card purchase. This section also establishes gap requirements for high schools beginning in the 2020-21 school year.
Beginning June 1st, 2021, school districts with high schools that do not meet or exceed one or more of the extracurricular activity opportunity reduction plan must develop, submit, and implement a plan as required in this section.
Additionally, a section is added to RCW chapter 28A.300 to create the Promoting Lively Activities for Youth (PLAY) grant program. OSPI would be responsible to administer the program, and must allocate up to $250,000 per school year for the purposes of promoting the PLAY grant program.
RCW 28A.325.010 is amended to include clarification on fee waivers regarding waiving and/or reducing fees for students who are eligible to participate in the federal free or reduced-price meals program.
Finally, this act also requires for each school district that has an ASB to publish data on its website beginning in the 2019-20 school year regarding:
- Card purchase and high school student participation;
- The district’s extracurricular activity opportunity gap reduction plan; and
A list of optional noncredit extracurricular event attendance and participation fees.