I.       Permissible Fees

Pupils may be charged for the following, as permitted by state education code:

  1. Charges for optional attendance as a spectator at a school or District sponsored activity (Hartzell, 35 Cal.3d 899, 911, fn. 14).

  2. Charges for food served to students, subject to free and reduced price meal program eligibility and other restrictions specified in law (Education Code sections 38082 and 38084).

  3. Paying the replacement cost for District books or supplies loaned to a student that the student fails to return, or that is willfully cut, defaced or otherwise injured, up to an amount not to exceed $10,000 (Education Code sections 19910-19911 and 48904).

  4. Charges for required medical and accident insurance for athletic team members, so long as there is a waiver for financial hardship (Education Code section 32221).

  5. Charges for the rental or lease of personal property needed for District purposes, such as caps and gowns for graduation ceremonies (Education Code section 38119).

  6. Fees for school camp programs, so long as no student is denied the opportunity to participate because of nonpayment of the fee (Education Code section 35335).

  7. Reimbursement for the direct cost of materials provided to a student for property the student has fabricated from such materials for his/her own possession and use, such as wood shop, art, or sewing projects kept by the student (Education Code section 17551).

  8. Reimbursement for the actual cost of duplicating public records, student records, or a prospectus of the school curriculum (Government Code section 6253; Education Code section 49091.14).

  9. Fees for transportation to and from school, and transportation between school and regional occupational centers, programs or classes, as long as the fee does not exceed the statewide average nonsubsidized cost per student and provided there is a waiver provision based on financial need (Education Code section 39807.5)(See IUSD BP 3540).

  10. Fees for transportation of pupils to places of summer employment (Education Code section 39837).

  11. Tuition fees charged to pupils whose parents are actual and legal residents of an adjacent foreign country or an adjacent state (Education Code sections 48050-52).

  12. Tuition fees collected from foreign students attending a District school pursuant to an F-1 visa, equal to the full unsubsidized per capita cost of providing education during the period of attendance (8 U.S.C. Section 1184(m)(1)).

  13. Fees for an optional fingerprinting program for kindergarten or other newly enrolled students, if the fee does not exceed the actual costs associated with the program (Education Code section 32390).

  14. Fees for community classes in civic, vocational, literacy, health, homemaking, and technical and general education, not to exceed the cost of maintaining the community classes (Education Code sections 51810 and 51815).

  15. Deposits for band instruments, music, uniforms and other regalia which school band members take on excursions to foreign countries (Education Code section 38120).

  16. Charges for eye safety devices, at a price not to exceed the district’s actual costs, in specified courses or activities in which students are engaged in, or are observing, an activity or the use of hazardous substances likely to cause injury to the eyes (Education Code section 32033).

  17. Fees and expenses for field trips and excursions in connection with courses of instruction or school related social, educational, cultural, athletic, or school band activities, as long as no student is prevented from making the field trip or excursion because of lack of sufficient funds (Education Code section 35330(b)).

  18. Medical or hospital insurance for field trips that is made available by the school district (Education Code section 35331).

  19. Charges for standardized physical education attire of a particular color and design, but the school may not mandate that the attire be purchased from the school and no physical education grade of a student may be impacted based on the failure to wear standardized apparel “arising from circumstances beyond the control” of the student (Education Code section 49066).

  20. Charging for the parking of vehicles on school grounds (Vehicle Code section 21113).

  21. Charges for adult education books, materials, and classes as specified in law (Education Code sections 52612 and 60410).

  22. Charges for child care and development services (Education Code section 8263).

II.      Complaints of Noncompliance

A complaint of noncompliance with the requirements of Article 5.5 of Chapter 6 of Part 27 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code (commencing with Section49010) may be filed with the principal of a school under the Uniform Complaint Procedures set forth in BP/AR 1312.2.

A complaint may be filed anonymously if the complaint provides evidence or information leading to evidence to support an allegation of noncompliance with the requirements of this article. 

A complainant not satisfied with the decision of the district may appeal the decision to the State Department of Education and shall receive a written appeal decision within 60 days of the department’s receipt of the appeal.

If the district finds merit in a complaint, or the department finds merit in an appeal, the public school shall provide a remedy to all affected pupils, parents, and guardians that, where applicable, includes reasonable efforts by the district to ensure full reimbursement to all affected.

Information regarding the requirements of Article 5.5 of Chapter 6 of Part 27 of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code shall be included in the annual notification distributed to pupils, parents and guardians, employees, and other interested parties pursuant to Section 4622 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. (Educ. Code 49013.)

California Constitution, Article 9, Section 5
Education Code sections 49010-49013
Title 5 California Code of Regulations, Section 350

Adopted: February 5, 2013