2011 ORS § 339.155¹
Prohibitions of certain fees as condition of admission
  • allowable fees

(1) A district school board or public charter school as defined in ORS 338.005 (Definitions) may not require payment of fees as a condition of admission to those pupils entitled under the law to free admission. However, the following are not considered as conditions of admission:

(a) Pursuant to ORS 339.141 (Tuition prohibited for regular school program), but subject to ORS 339.147 (When tuition authorized), tuition may be charged for courses not part of the regular school program.

(b) A charge may not be made for a standard, prescribed textbook but a security deposit may be required, which may be refunded if the textbook is returned in usable condition. Supplemental texts shall be made available on loan.

(c) A deposit may be charged for a lock for a locker.

(2) A district school board or public charter school may require pupils who do not furnish their own attire for physical education classes to pay an appropriate fee for uniforms provided by the district or public charter school.

(3) A district school board or public charter school may require pupils who do not provide appropriate towels for physical education classes to pay a fee for use of towels provided by the district or public charter school.

(4)(a) A district school board or public charter school may require payment of fees for the use of musical instruments owned or rented by the district or public charter school. The district school board or public charter school may not charge a fee that exceeds the rental cost of the instrument to the district or public charter school or the annual depreciation plus actual maintenance cost for each instrument.

(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this subsection, a district school board or public charter school may not require payment of fees for the use of a musical instrument from children exempt from tuition under ORS 339.147 (When tuition authorized). The district school board or public charter school shall lend musical instruments, without charge, to children exempt from tuition under ORS 339.147 (When tuition authorized).

(5) Subject to ORS 339.147 (When tuition authorized), a district school board or public charter school may require payments of fees in any of the following:

(a) In any program where the resultant product, in excess of minimum course requirements and at the pupils option, becomes the personal property of the pupil.

(b) Admission fees or charges for extracurricular activities where pupil attendance is optional.

(c) A security deposit conditioned on the return of materials, supplies or equipment including athletic equipment.

(d) Items of personal use or products which a pupil may purchase such as student publications, class rings, annuals and graduation announcements.

(e) Field trips considered optional to a districts or public charter schools regular school program.

(f) Any authorized voluntary pupil health and accident benefit plan.

(g) As used in this subsection, minimum course requirements means any product required to be produced to meet the goals of the course. [1975 c.508 §1; 1977 c.99 §1; 1977 c.815 §3; 1999 c.200 §33; 2003 c.14 §149]