STUDENT-ATHLETE ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
Eligibility to Participate in Extracurricular Activities
and Interscholastic Sports
The Board of Education recognizes the educational value of student participation in extra-curricular activities and strives to provide a well-balanced program of activities (athletic and clubs/organizations/theater) which will respond to a variety of student interests and needs.
The Board requires that the following three standards for eligibility be met by students in order for them to participate in extra-curricular activities:
1. Maintain a Full Schedule
A student is expected to carry a program of five classes (or the equivalent), plus physical education. The student is expected to be in regular attendance in all of his or her classes for the marking period.
If a student has a confirmed unexcused absence from school and/or class, the student shall be declared ineligible for five days. If the school attendance or class attendance problem persists, the administration shall declare the student ineligible to participate in activities, clubs, and athletics for the remainder of the marking period
2. Maintain Standards for Academic Performance
Students who achieve a minimum of a 70% average in all subjects and pass all ' subjects are academically eligible to fully participate in all activities, clubs, and athletics.
If a student has a MINIMUM QUARTERLY G.P.A. OF 70% and is failing one course only and the student's initial failure in that course is at the end of marking periods one, two, and three, the student will be ineligible for participation in extra-curricular activities (clubs, activities, athletics) for a minimum of five days from the date of report card distribution. During this period of ineligibility, the student is responsible for developing an Achievement Plan with the assistance and the approval of the teacher whose course was failed and the approval of the student's advisor/coach. At the High School, involvement in the Academic Intervention Program is a required part of maintaining eligibility once the plan is approved.
IDEA or Section 504 students who have failed can make an appeal to the Assistant Principal for Guidance. This Assistant Principal will convene the Eligibility Committee. While this process is taking place, the student will be placed on "Eligibility Probation" and continue to be permitted to participate in extracurricular activities.
If the "Eligibility Committee" decides that the disability does not affect academic performance, the student will become ineligible. If the Eligibility Committee decides that the disability interferes with academic performance, the student will be referred to the CSE and/or the 504 Committee for program review. The student will complete an Achievement Plan and remain eligible.
The goal of the Achievement Plan is to provide direction for the student in identifying what needs to be accomplished to pass the course. The Achievement Plan will contain the following information:
- Reasons for Failure
- A plan for addressing or overcoming those reasons.
- Steps explaining how improvement will be achieved.
- The period and days of the cycle that the high school student will be assigned to the Academic Intervention Center.
After the teacher and advisor/coach approve, the approved Achievement Plan must be submitted to and be endorsed by the Assistant Principal in order for a student's eligibility to be restored after the five-day period. The student is expected to obtain a weekly progress report from his/her teacher and submit that report to the Assistant Principal. The weekly report will be submitted to the Assistant Principal If the student is in an activity/club and he/she will share the report with/the student's advisor. Failure to submit an Achievement Plan within the five day ineligibility period, or lack of adherence to the elements of the Achievement Plan, or failure to obtain or make weekly reports, will cause the student to be declared ineligible for the remainder of the marking period.
All students who submit Achievement Plans will have their performance reviewed at mid-quarter. At that time, if the teacher whose course was failed indicates that the student is currently passing the course, the student will remain eligible until the next report card (but the student must continue to attend the Academic intervention Center (AlC) or X-Period assignment until the end of the quarter or beyond, or earn a minimum grade of "C" in the course that was failed). However, if at the mid-quarter review, the student continues to be failing, he/she will become ineligible for the balance of the marking period and, of course, continue to attend the A.I.C. (X-Period) for academic support.
A student who fails two or more courses in one quarter is automatically ineligible for participation in activities, clubs, and athletics for the following quarter, and the student will be required to attend the Academic Intervention Center
Fourth Quarter/Final Grades
Students who have a minimum of a 70% GP A and who fail a course in the fourth quarter but pass the course for the year shall maintain their eligibility for the following September. Students who fail one course for the year are encouraged to attend summer school to make up the failure. A student with one failure for the year who does not attend summer school, or who attends summer school and does not does not pass, is eligible for activities/athletics in September provided an achievement plan is completed according to the procedures outlined above. A student who fails two courses for the year is encouraged to attend and pass summer school.
If the two failures are remediated in summer school, eligibility is restored. If one failure is remediated, eligibility is restored provided an achievement plan is submitted within the first five (5) days of the school year. A student who fails more than two courses without a successful summer school program that meets the eligibility standard shall remain ineligible. A student carrying two or more failures into the next school year shall be ineligible
A student carrying one failure into the next school year but not continuing on in that course sequence shall be placed on probation for the first marking period. During this probationary period the student must report to the Academic intervention Center once a week and submit weekly progress reports. Any student carrying a failure from the previous year who is failing at the mid-point of the first quarter of the following year, shall be ineligible until the first quarter report card is distributed. At this point, the procedure begins again for the first, second and third quarters.
3. Maintain Standards for School Citizenship
Students who regularly follow school rules and regulations shall be eligible to fully participate in activities, clubs, and athletics. Students who do not obey school rules and regulations, as defined in the Board Policies and Student Handbook Regulations, shall be ineligible for participation in activities and/or athletics.
If a student is assigned to in-school suspension or is suspended from school, he/she shall be ineligible for a period of five days. Additional violations of school rules and regulations causing suspension shall cause students to be declared ineligible for the duration of the marking period, semester, or for the year, depending on the seriousness of the infraction.
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The athletic program in the Rye City School District is an integral part of the educational program. Interscholastic athletic competition provides students with physical, mental, and emotional expression which benefit not only the individual, but also the school and the entire community. Participants have the opportunity to acquire qualities of total fitness, self discipline, loyalty, and a devotion to a cause greater than themselves.
All students are encouraged to "try out" for our teams. Participation in the athletic program is a privilege granted in return for compliance with certain rules and regulations.
STUDENT-ATHLETE TRANSFER GUIDELINES
All transfer students must see the Director of Athletics to determine their athletic eligibility prior to trying out for any interscholastic sports team.
1.†† A student in grades 9-12 who transfers, with a corresponding change in residence of his/her parents (or other persons with whom the student has resided for at least six months) shall become eligible after starting regular attendance in the second school. A residence change must involve a move from one school district to another. Furthermore, when a student moves from one public school district to another public school district, for athletic eligibility the student must enroll in the public school district of his/her parent's residency.
2.†† A student who transfers without a corresponding change in residence of his/her parents (or other persons with whom the student has resided for at least six months) is ineligible to participate in any interscholastic athletic contest in a particular sport for a period of one (1) year if the student participated in that sport during the one (1) year period immediately preceding his/her transfer.
Note: A student in a foreign exchange program listed by CSIET has a one-year waiver of the Transfer Rule. If such a student elects to stay a second year he/she becomes a foreign student at the start of the school year with item (b) in effect.
Exemptions to (#2):
The student reaches the age of majority (emancipated minor) and establishes residency in the district.
If a private or parochial school ceases to operate a student may transfer to another private or parochial school of his/her choice. Otherwise, a student must enroll in the public school district of his/her parents' residency.
A student who is a ward of the court or state and is placed in a district by court order. Guardianship does not fulfill this requirement.
A student from divorced or separated parents who moves into a new school district with one of the aforementioned parents - Such a transfer is allowed once every six months.
Note: It is provided, however, that each school shall have the opportunity to petition the section involved to approve transfer without penalty based on an undue hardship for the student.
3.†† Transfer students trying out for sports before school opens in the fall shall register and be accepted by the principal of that school before the medical examination and the first practice. This shall constitute the start of the regular attendance for fall sports.
Note: After approval by the school medical officer a student may practice immediately and must satisfy the specific Sports Standard according to the number of practice sessions required.
4.†† Practices at the previous school may be counted toward the minimum number of practices required provided the principal or athletic director of the previous school submits, in writing, the number and dates of such practices to the principal or athletic director of the new school.
STUDENT BEHAVIOR GUIDELINES
†All student responsibilities described in this section apply to expected behavior at school social events and all consequences for violations of these responsibilities are in force as well.
- Smoking is not permitted in the auditorium, gymnasium, parking lots, or anywhere on campus. Violators will be asked to leave.
- Evidence of drugs or alcohol will be immediately reported to the faculty advisor and/or security personnel who will call the student's parents and file a report with the school administration and, if necessary, the police.
- Students who are obviously intoxicated or under the influence of a drug will not be allowed to enter the social event. If already admitted, the chaperone will notify the parents who will then be required to come and pick up their student and escort him/her home.
- Students exhibiting disruptive behavior will be asked to leave school property. In the case of any violation, the chaperone may notify not only the faculty advisor, but also the police, if necessary.
- Remember, all school rules of conduct apply to athletic contests on or off campus. Unacceptable behavior will result in removal from the event.
While the student is on suspension, he or she may not be on campus or participate in any school-sponsored activity as a member of the activity or as a fan (spectator).