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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 5-69



A.  Generally

No fees or charges may be levied on students except when approved by the school board and when specifically permitted by law or the regulations of the Virginia Board of Education. Scholastic report cards or diplomas shall not be withheld because of nonpayment of fees or charges.

Students may be charged for their participation in school activities or extracurricular activities of a voluntary nature if fees are approved by the board.

B.  Admission Charges

Reasonable fees may be collected for admission to athletic contests, student performances that are open to the public and other programs sponsored by the school.

C.  Voluntary Class and Membership Dues

Approved student organizations and classes may assess their members. These dues shall not exceed an amount approved by the principal.

D.  Lockers and Locks

A fee may be charged for the use of school lockers. All locks on school lockers must be approved by the school administrator.

E.  Library Fines

Students may be assessed reasonable fines for overdue books, materials and equipment.

F.  Material Charges and Rentals

1.  Classroom Materials

Students may be required to purchase or rent materials other than instructional materials used in a class.

2.  Students may be required to purchase or rent musical instruments and personal attire for voluntary participation in organizations sponsored by the school.

G.  Fees for Classes

Persons attending night school, summer school, postgraduate classes or behind-the-wheel phase of driver education may be charged a fee approved by the board.

H.  Field Trip Fees

Students may be charged for transportation and admission fees for cultural, enrichment programs or extracurricular activities when:

1.  Participation is voluntary.

2.  Participation is not required for any course of study.

3.  The activity is of a type the board and approved by the principal as a qualifying activity.

4.The trip or program is not covered by an activity fund.

5.  The funds are available to pay for those students who could not otherwise participate.

I.  Textbooks

The superintendent shall establish regulations regarding payment for textbooks and supplementary materials.

Editor's Notes
For field trips see school board policy 6-56 and implementing regulations.

Legal Reference:

Code of Va., § 22.1-6. Permitted fees and charges.

Code of Va., § 22.1-176. Transportation of pupils authorized; when fee may be charged; contributions; regulations of Board of Education.

Code of Va., § 22.1-276. Liability of pupils for destruction of property.

Virginia Board of Education Regulations, "Governing Fees and Charges."

§ 1.1 No fees or charges as noted below may be levied on any pupil by any school board unless authorized by the Board of Education; further, no pupils' scholastic report card or diploma shall be withheld because of nonpayment of any such fee or charge.

§ 1.2 Fees may be charged for:

A.  Class dues

B.  Voluntary student activities

C.  Night school classes

D.  Postgraduate classes

E.  Summer school

F.  Rental textbooks

G.  Musical instruments used in regularly scheduled instructional classes

H.  Library fees

§ 1.3 Nothing in this regulation shall be construed to prohibit the school board of any county, city, or town from making supplies, services, or materials available to pupils at cost. Nor is it a violation to make a charge for a field trip or an educational related program that is not a required activity.

§ 1.4 Deposits may be required when return of an item used results in a return of the fees deposited.

§ 1.5 This regulation is not intended to cover operations of school stores or other fund raising activates. These activities are covered by opinion s of the Attorney General and certain practices which may be approved by auditors." (January 1991)

Virginia Board of Education Regulations, "Governing Textbook Fund, Management and Handling on Local Level." (January 1991)

Editor's Note
For driver education fee see the legal reference to school board policy 6-28.


Adopted by School Board:  October 21, 1969
Amended by School Board:  November 21, 1978
Amended by School Board:  August 21, 1990
Amended by School Board:  July 16, 1991
Amended by School Board:  June 15, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)