ABOUT THE CONNECTICUT STUDENT ACTIVITIES CONFERENCE
The Student Activity Board of Control, commonly referred to as CSAC,
is a committee of the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS).
CSAC is charged by the constitution of CAS with the responsibility
of regulating all interschool activities of a NON- athletic nature
where schools in more than two districts are involved.
"The (Student Activities) Board of Control shall consist of a chairperson,
one representative for each of the three high school classifications,
one representative for the middle schools and the elementary schools
and five members at- large, at least three of whom must be from high
schools. Two of the five at- large members may be assistant principals.
A principal shall serve as chairperson."(Article VI, CAS Constitution)
The Board meets periodically to review and act upon applications for
new activities or renewal applications submitted by schools and outside
organizations seeking CSAC sanction of proposed activities. A
majority vote decides approval, disapproval or "no jurisdiction."
Following each meeting, the Board publishes a listing of all activities
considered that month and the action taken on each one.
Art contests, research projects, essay contests, community parades,
marching band contests, "hands-on" model building, televised quiz
bowls, video projects, musical competitions of all types, commercial
ventures intended to support schools with donations of equipment,
scholarship opportunities and college fairs are some examples of the
wide variety of activities which come before the Board for review.
All member schools within the Connecticut Association of Schools
come under the jurisdiction of CSAC Through the annual act of
applying for membership in CAS, member schools voluntarily agree to
abide by all of the rules and regulations which govern the Association's
members. Member schools are, therefore, required to comply with the
rulings of the CSAC on activities which fall within the Board's
Sponsors of activities must be established and recognized organizations,
institutions or associations and must be approved by the Student Activities
Board of Control. Sponsors must submit a written application to the
Connecticut Student Activities Conference at least sixty (60) days before
the date of the proposed event. In order to be placed on the annual
approved list for the ensuing school year, sponsors must submit written
applications before June 1.
Click here to download the current list of Approved Activities.
CRITERIA USED FOR DETERMINING APPROVED CONTESTS AND ACTIVITIES
Criteria used by the CSAC in evaluating activities include the following:
Requests for application for the approval of an activity or any questions
concerning the status of an activity or other matters over which the
CSAC has jurisdiction may be addressed by phone or letter to either
the chair of CSAC (Sally Biggs, Principal, Hartford Magnet Middle School, 53 Vernon Street, Hartford, CT, 06106, phone - 860-695-7201, fax - 860-722-6954) or the CAS central office liaison, David Maloney, 30 Realty
Drive, Cheshire, CT 06410.(203) 250-1111 Fax:(203) 250-1345.
- The activity must be educationally sound, worthwhile and stimulating.
- The activity must not place undue burdens or obligations on students,
their families, teachers or schools.
- The activity shall not be more than minimally commercial in its
presentation or promotion, shall not be sectarian, and shall not
promote or exploit issues controversial in nature or whose advocacy
would be inappropriate for students.
- The activity must not exclude any student because of race, handicap,
color, creed or gender except where such activities have been developed
expressly to compensate for lack of opportunity for members of such
- The activity must be well planned and organized and must provide
for the adequate supervision and welfare of participating students
at all times.
- Essay contests, which will be considered on their merits, are
limited to those which promote good writing as process, which are
properly supervised by educational agencies, and which do not interfere
with the sound educational practices of a school. Essay contests
approved by the NASSP or sponsored by the Connecticut State Department
of Education and by professional educational organizations will
be approved. Essay contests judged by the Board to be commercial
in nature will be disapproved.
- Activities should be scheduled on non-school time. If scheduled
during school time, every effort must be made to avoid excessive
loss of school time. The loss of more than one school day will be
considered excessive. Rare exceptions will be made if the activity
is subject- related and provides a learning experience not usually
available in the traditional school curriculum.
- Adequate and responsible adult supervision approved by the school
administration must be provided for all activities.
- Reasonable registration or entry fees may be assessed, subject
to the approval of the CSAC.
- A MEMBER SCHOOL MAY NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY INTERSCHOLASTIC ACTIVITY
WHICH THE CSAC HAS RULED "NOT APPROVED."
- Student activities will not be approved for Sunday under normal
- School groups may participate in community-sponsored parades at
any time at the discretion of the local school administration.
- In the case of out-of-state activities approved by a local school
system, and upon application to CSAC, approval will be given
when schools are invited to participate because of merit/excellence
of an outstanding individual/group of students. Any unusual/special
circumstances not covered by the above will be reviewed by the CSAC.
- It is the responsibility of the principals of member schools to
determine the status of interscholastic activities. When in doubt,
the principal should contact the Board chair or CAS for clarification.