How silly. They are HS students learning the basics of drone photography.If the students are flying they are required to have their Part 107. Flying for the purpose of taking a class would not be considered simply for fun by the FAA, I'm quite confident on that point. You can't even fly to check out your home's gutters let alone fly as part of a class without a Part 107.
This is like saying a student must get their Driver's license before taking driver's training.
My friend has been teaching this class for several years, I can assure that both he and the District are well researched and following the FAA educational parameters.