Prohibition Against Charging Student Fees
California law prohibits public schools from charging student fees for public education, unless the fee is specifically authorized under the law. (SFUSD Board Policy 3260)
- All supplies, materials, and equipment needed to participate in “educational activities” shall be provided to students free of charge.
- A fee waiver policy shall not make a student fee permissible.
- “Educational activity” means an activity that constitutes an integral fundamental part of elementary and secondary education, including, but not limited to, curricular and extracurricular activities.
- Schools are permitted to solicit voluntary donations of funds or property; voluntary participation in fundraising activities; and may provide prizes or other recognition to students for voluntarily participating in fundraising activities.
For more information go to: www.sfusd.edu/services/know-your-rights/no-fees-essential-school-activities
See the full Handbook and downloadable, translated PDFs at sfusd.edu/Handbook.
This page was last updated on August 16, 2023