Activity Fee Frequently Asked Questions
Why did the Perkiomen Valley School District establish an activity fee?
Like most school districts across the state, the Perkiomen Valley School District has been greatly affected by the current downturn of the economy. In an effort to continue offering high-quality athletic and extracurricular activities, the school district has established an activity fee for students in grades 7-12 who participate in a school activity.
How much is the activity fee?
For the 2013-2014 school year, the activity fee is $50 per student with a maximum of $150 per household.
Who does the activity fee apply to?
Students in grades 7-12 who participate in any school activity or athletic program must pay the $50 activity fee.
What activities does the activity fee apply to?
To see a list of extracurricular activities and athletic programs for which the activity fee must be paid, please click here.
How will the school district use the activity fee revenue?
The activity fee revenue will be applied to the PVSD general fund to help to offset the varied costs related to extra-curricular activities and athletic programs, thereby allowing us to continue offering them. The varied costs include coach/advisor stipends, transportation to and from schools for activity and athletic events, club fees, and equipment related to all extracurricular activities and athletic programs.
My child has been asked to pay additional money by the group he/she is participating in. Why is this – shouldn’t the activity fee be enough?
Activity fees that are received for a student’s participation in a particular sport or activity do not go directly back to that group – the money that we collect goes back into the general fund and is then used to pay for the costs listed in the answer above. Therefore, individual athletic teams or student groups might need additional funds from students to help pay for trips, equipment, or other expenses that are relevant to that particular activity.
How do I pay the activity fee?
Parents can download the activity fee form and follow the instructions on the form. Completed forms and payment can be sent to your child's school office, or mailed or dropped off to:
Perkiomen Valley School District
Attn: Activity Fees
3 Iron Bridge Drive
Collegeville, PA 19426
When is the activity fee due?
The deadline for fee submissions for fall sports during the 2013-2014 school year is Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. The deadline for fee submissions for winter sports is Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. The deadline for fee submissions for spring sports is Monday, March 17, 2014. The deadline for students who participate in non-athletic clubs or activities will be two weeks after club/activity sign-ups.
What if my child is eligible for free or reduced lunch status? Do I still have to pay the activity fee?
If you have received notification that your child is eligible for free or reduced lunches, please complete an application for waiver of activity fee. This form is available on the second page of the activity fee form.
What if I have more than three children in grades 7-12 that are involved in a school activity? Do I have to pay the activity fee for all of my children?
For the 2013-2014 school year, the maximum per household for activity fee payments is $150. Please complete the activity fee form and include your first three children on the form, and include the remaining children on the application for waiver of activity fee. Make sure you check the appropriate box on the waiver form for "Activity fee not required due to maximum $150 fee per family."
My child participates in several activities throughout the school year. Do I have to pay the $50 activity fee for each activity?
No, the one-time $50 activity fee allows a student to participate in an unlimited number of extracurricular activities and athletic programs for the 2012-2013 school year.