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Religious, Political, and Advocacy Student Clubs (Non-Curriculum Related)

Religious, political, advocacy, and special interest student clubs have the same rights and responsibilities as non-curriculum-related clubs, except they have monitors instead of faculty advisors. 

Establishment of a Student Religious, Political, Advocacy, or Special Interest Club

Students may form a religious, political, advocacy, or special interest club by meeting the requirements for establishing non-curriculum-related clubs or organizations. The initiative to form the club must come from students at the school.

Operation of a Student Religious, Political, Advocacy, or Special Interest  Club

In addition to the requirements outlined for the operation of non-curriculum-related clubs or organizations, the following will apply to student religious, political, advocacy, or special interest clubs:  

  1. All activities of the club, once formed, must be led by student members of the club.

  2. The club may not be sponsored or devised by a teacher or any other employee of the Albuquerque Public Schools. A district employee assigned to the school and supervised by the principal or designee will, however, be a monitor of the activities of the club using the following guidelines:

    1. The monitor's primary purpose is to observe student activities and safeguard the students and property of the Albuquerque Public Schools.

    2. The monitor must not lead, participate in any activity, or establish the agenda of any religious club activity.

    3. The monitor may not participate in any decisions related to the club, including fundraising activities. The monitor may, however, monitor the collection of funds raised in the club and deposit them with the school bookkeeper.

    4. No public resources may be used for the operation of the club.

    5. The monitor must be a district employee assigned to the location where the club is chartered.

    6. The monitor must be present at all club meetings and club activities.

  3. The club’s meetings may not be conducted or controlled by people from outside the school, such as pastors, parents, or representatives of other outside groups. Such people may attend student meetings on occasion,  but not on a regular basis. All visitors to any APS school must report to the principal’s office before attending any club meeting or activity.

  4. The club may not be advertised as a school-sponsored activity. All announcements and printed material must include a school sponsorship or endorsement disclaimer.

Administrative Position:  Chief of Schools

Chief Academic Officer

District Procedures Cross Ref.:

  • APS Student Behavior Handbook

  • The Equal Access Act and the Public Schools (booklet)

  • APS Extracurricular Activities Handbook

  • APS Activity Fund Manual

  • NMAA Bylaws

NSBA/NEPN Classification: JJK

Revised: May 1995
Revised: April 1996
Revised: May 1997

Reviewed: February 23, 2024

Revised:  February 23, 2024