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The Catahoula Parish School Board may assess certain student fees or charges to all students enrolled, for participation in specific courses, and/or for participation in various student activities.  Under no circumstances may report cards or other educational records be withheld for failure to pay a fee.


The School Board shall publish the Student Fees, Fines and Charges policy and procedures on its website.  Each school shall publish the policy on its website and include it in the school's student handbook which shall be provided to each student and his/her parent or legal guardian at the beginning of each school year in the manner determined by the School Board.


The Student Fees, Fines and Charges policy shall be reviewed annually and revised as necessary.




Fees shall mean any monetary payment or supplies required as a condition of a student being enrolled in school or participating in any curricular or co-curricular activity.  Fees shall not include supplies or monetary payment for extracurricular activities.  Fees shall not mean the cost of school meals.


Curricular and co-curricular activities are activities that are relevant, supportive, that are an integral part of the program of studies in which the student is enrolled, and that are under the supervision and/or coordination of the school instructional staff.


Extracurricular activities are those activities which are not directly related to the program of studies, which are under the supervision and/or coordination of the school instructional staff, and which are considered valuable for the overall development of the student.




  1. A school shall not charge or assess a fee unless the fee has been set and included in the School Board’s approved Schedule of Fees.

  2. Fees charged for the same item or service shall be consistent among all schools under the jurisdiction of the School Board.

  3. Failure by a student, or parent on behalf of their child, to pay any required fee shall not result in the withholding of a student’s educational record.




A list of authorized fees, including their purpose, use, amount or authorized range, and how each fee is collected, shall be as listed on the Schedule of Fees (Appendix A) attached to this policy.


Economic Hardship Waivers


A student or his/her parent or legal guardian may request and receive a waiver of payment of a fee due to economic hardship.  Waivers of fees shall be granted based on objective criteria which shall include, but not be limited to the following, relative to the student or his/her family:


  1. Is in foster care or is caring for children in foster care.

  2. Is homeless.

  3. Is serving in, or within the previous year has served in, active military service.

  4. Is an emancipated minor.


A written request for a waiver of fees shall be submitted to the principal of the school or his/her designee for consideration.  Proof of eligibility shall be included with the fee waiver request.  A written decision on the waiver request shall be rendered within ten (10) school days of the date of receipt of the request.  Should the initial request to the principal of the school for a waiver be denied, a written appeal may be made to the Superintendent or his/her designee, who shall respond to the appeal in writing within ten (10) school days of the receipt of the appeal.


All requests for economic hardship waivers of student fees and any and all supporting documentation used in considering the validity of any request for a waiver shall be confidential.


All records associated with a fee waiver request due to economic hardship shall not constitute a public record, but may be audited to ensure compliance with the School Board’s policy.  A student's personally identifiable information associated with such a waiver request shall not be made public.




School supplies requested by classroom teachers of a student's parent or legal guardian shall not exceed a published amount per student per school year as determined by the School Board.  Each school principal shall approve all school supplies requested by classroom teachers.  Prior to assessing a fee for school supplies or developing a school supply list, consideration shall be given to the existing school supply inventory.  A student shall not be denied the opportunity to participate in a classroom activity due to his or her inability to provide requested supplies.




The School Board may require parents and/or legal guardians to compensate the school district for lost, destroyed, or unnecessarily damaged books and materials, and for any books which are not returned to the proper schools at the end of each school year or upon withdrawal of their dependent child.  Under no circumstances may a student of school age be held financially responsible for fees associated with textbook replacement.


Payment by parents/ guardians may be in the form of monetary fees or community/school service activities, as determined by the School Board.  In the case of monetary fees, fines shall be limited to no more than the replacement cost of the textbook or material, but may, at the discretion of the School Board, be adjusted according to the physical condition of the lost or destroyed textbook.  The School Board may waive or reduce an imposed monetary fee if the student is from an economically disadvantaged family and/or may provide for a method of payment other than lump-sum payment.


In lieu of monetary payments, both the School Board and parents/guardians may elect to have students perform school/community service activities, provided that such are arranged so as not to conflict with school instructional time, are properly supervised by school staff, and are suitable to the age of the child.


Under no circumstances may a student be denied promotional opportunities as a result of lost or damaged textbooks or failure to compensate the school district for same.  Students shall not be denied continual enrollment each grading period or re-entry in succeeding school years as a result of lost or damaged books failure to compensate the school district for same.


Students shall not be denied the use of a textbook during school hours each day.


Revised:  October, 2001

Revised:  December 4, 2018

Revised:  November 5, 2019



Ref:    20 USC 1232(g-i) (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:81, 17:112, 17:177, 17:178

Board minutes, 12-4-18, 11-5-19


Catahoula Parish School Board









Elementary Activity Fee (Grades PK-5)


Supplies for student centered activities including but not limited to paper, ink, toner, manipulatives, consumables, etc.

Paid to teacher or office

High School Activity Fee (Grades 6-12)


Supplies for student centered activities including but not limited to paper, ink, toner, manipulatives, consumables, etc.

Paid to teacher or office

Parking Fee



School General Fund

Paid to teacher or office along with proof of insurance and Driver’s License

Storage Fee



School General Fund

Storage of Cell Phones for phones in possession of the school

Credit-Recovery Course


Payment of licenses for programs for credit-recovery

Paid to School Board by money order

Initial Credit Course

Taken in addition to regular coursework


Payment of licenses  or tuition for courses

Paid to School Board by money order

Dual-Enrollment Coursework


University or Technical College Rate charged rate for course

Payment to the University/College for the actual cost of the course

Paid either directly to the University or to the school which will in turn pay the University/College

CLEP Testing


Actual cost for exam

Payment for exam

Paid either directly to testing center or to school

School Supply Lists


Maximum of $40

School supplies are used for the student

Purchased by the parent

School Supplies—in lieu of School Supply List


Maximum of $40

Purchase school supplies for the student

Paid to the school

Foreign Language course taken ahead of district scheduled timeline

Actual cost of course

Payment for class

Paid to the school board by money order

Club Dues (optional participation)


Varies based on state & national dues involved with the club.

Payment of state & national dues, club activities, club materials, etc.

Paid to club sponsor or office

Field Trips


Cost of trip

Event cost, transportation cost, etc.

Paid to teacher, sponsor or office