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No Fees for Essential School Activities

All students have a right to take part in educational activities at school without paying a fee, deposit or other charge. An "educational activity" is an activity offered by a school or school district that is an integral part of a student's education, including, but not limited to, curricular and extracurricular activity.  Schools cannot charge or request a deposit for materials, equipment, or clothing that are required to take part in an educational activity.

A fee includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:

  1. A fee charged as a condition for registering for school or classes, or as a condition for participation in a class or an extracurricular activity, regardless of whether the class or activity is elective or compulsory, or is for credit.
  2. A security deposit, or other payment, that a student is required to make to obtain a lock, locker, book, class apparatus, musical instrument, clothes, or other materials or equipment.
  3. A purchase that a student is required to make to obtain materials, supplies, equipment, or clothes associated with an educational activity.

If you were charged a fee this school year for an educational activity that is an integral part of your child’s education, you may request a reimbursement from your child’s principal or file a Uniform Complaint. 

Board Policy and Administrative Regulation

SCUSD BP/AR 3260 (Fees and Charges)


Lise Strom
Equity Compliance Officer
(408) 423-3509
1840 Benton Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050

File a Uniform Complaint