CCS Policy No. 6245 -- Educational Enrichment Experiences -- states under Indiana Code 20-33-2-17.5, a school corporation can authorize an absence and excuse a student who attends any educationally related non-classroom activity, including family trips.
The building principal can excuse up to 10 days for the trip.
For the absence to qualify as an educationally related non-classroom activity, the trip must meet the following criteria:
*Consistent with and promotes the educational philosophy of the school corporation and the state board,
*Facilitates the attainment of specific educational objectives,
* A part of the goals and objective of an approved course or curriculum,
*Represents a unique educational opportunity, and
* Cannot reasonably occur without interrupting the school day.
"The building principal may excuse the absences if the parent or guardian indicates that the family trip is for educational purposes (e.g., a trip for an educational or cultural experience), the parent indicates the length of time the student will be away and when the student will return, the principal agrees in writing that the purpose of the trip is educational and the student completes all regular classroom assignments," the policy reads.
Tucker said she can see how taking trips could enhance one's educational experience.
"There are educational experiences that not even a school can provide," CCS Superintendent Kimberly Tucker told those in attendance. "I know a student could benefit and learn from an experience like this."
Board member Amy Burke Adams agreed based on her youthful experiences.
"When I was a child my parents took me to Italy. Now, I had to keep a journal to write in every day and keep up with my school work," Adams said, "but to this day, that journal is one of the best things I have."
Other policies presented included:
* Policy No. 662 -- Clubs in Schools -- The policy addressed which clubs could and could not meet on school grounds during classroom instruction time. Clubs were participation in the group results in academic credit or that directly pertain to courses taught may meet during the "teacher workday" time. However, non-curriculum related clubs must meet before or after school. According to the policy, "This policy does not provide right of access for the public. Non-student initiated groups may lease the premises pursuant to School Board Policy 9600. Groups meeting pursuant to these provisions must lease the facilities from the school board."
In other school board news:
*Board members conducted a first reading of specialized technology positions including Senior Network Specialist, Database/Development Specialist and Technology Assistant,
* Although the board had planned to approve a Clay City Jr./Sr. High School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, Tucker told those in attendance the board was not ready to do so, and
*Director of Business Affairs Tim Gorman gave the annual financial report.
The CCS school board meets regularly on the second Thursday of every month.
The next meeting is scheduled for March 13, at 7:30 p.m., in the North Clay Middle School Media Center.