MODESTO CITY SCHOOLS
PERMISSIBLE SCHOOL FEES, FUNDRAISING AND DONATIONS
The following are specific exceptions to the prohibition on fees, charges and deposits at the kindergarten through 12th grade level. These fees, charges and
deposits are legally permissible because they are specifically permitted by law.
1) Charges for optional attendance as a spectator at a school or District
2) Charges for food served to students, subject to free and reduced price meal
program eligibility and other restrictions specified in law.
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.
4) Cost of insurance coverage for 1:1 digital devices issued to students.
5) Fees 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.
6) Medical or hospital insurance for field trips that is made available by the
7) Charges for required medical and accident insurance for athletic team
members, so long as there is a waiver for financial hardship.
8) 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.
9) Charging for the parking of vehicles on school grounds.
10) Fees for school camp programs, so long as no student is denied the
opportunity to participate because of nonpayment of the fee.
11) 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
12) Reimbursement for the actual cost of duplicating public records, student
records, or a prospectus of the school curriculum.
13) 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.
14) Fees for transportation of pupils to places of summer employment.
15) Tuition fees charged to pupils whose parents are actual and legal residents of
an adjacent foreign country or an adjacent state.
16) 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.
17) Fees for an optional fingerprinting program for kindergarten or other newly
enrolled students, if the fee does not exceed the actual costs associated with
18) 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.
19) Deposits for band instruments, music, uniforms and other regalia which
school band members take on excursions to foreign countries.
20) 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.
21) A family may be charged for a program of supervision of children before and