I was wondering is this policy reasonable for all students:
ELIGILBILITY FOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES REGULATION
GOALS and PRINCIPLES of BOARD POLICY on ELIGIBIITY
I. The Board of Education has the authority to establish reasonable standards and eligibility requirements as prerequisites for eligibility for co-curricular, extracurricular and interscholastic athletic activities. These standards apply to entry qualifications as well as to continued participation in such activities.
Eligibility requirements include academic standards, behavioral standards, and training standards that are to be met by all students participating in extracurricular activities, including athletics. These requirements are to be applied equally to all student participants.
The Board is committed to promoting academic achievement for all students and motivating students to achieve to their highest potential. In recognition of the high cost and impact of dropping out of school on the student drop-out, the student's family, and the greater community, the Board is further committed to promoting the highest level of student retention and graduation possible academic achievement for all students. Accordingly the Board is committed to eligibility standards for extracurricular activities, including athletics that promote and support academic success student retention leading to graduation. It is the Board's expectation and directive that the RCSD in the administration of these eligibility requirements will implement them only in a manner to advance the BOE's stated commitment to always promoting academic achievement for all students.
II. Students participating in all extracurricular activities except those that are required to obtain class credit, to remain fully eligible for participation in extracurricular activities shall be subject to the following eligibility requirements:
A. Students shall maintain a cumulative "C" or 2.0 average for all scheduled subjects, maintain a 93 percent daily in-class attendance and demonstrate good school citizenship.
B. However, a student who is participating in extracurricular activities including interscholastic athletics, maintains a 93 percent daily in-class attendance record, and demonstrates good school citizenship, but does not maintain a "C" average for all core course subjects (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Language) that are required for graduation shall be placed on probation until either the following a progress report or the posting of grades for the next established marking period. During the probationary period, the school attended by the student, must provide opportunities for the student to receive additional academic assistance and or tutoring. A student on probation participating in extracurricular activities other than interscholastic sports who fails to regain a "C" average may be allowed by the school Principal to remain on probationary eligibility if the Principal in consultation with a student's teachers and guidance counselor concludes sufficient academic progress is being made and the other requirements for eligibility continue to be met.
C. A student participating in interscholastic athletics who maintains a ninety percent (93%) daily in-class attendance record during the previous marking period, demonstrates good school citizenship, but does not meet the 2.0 Grade Point Average (G. P. A.) shall be placed on probationary eligibility during the next established marking period and be required to maintain all other eligibility requirements including:
attended mandatory tutoring arranged for by the school the student attendsor other tutoring or instructional support provided by the district or via supplemental educational service providersa weekly progress report completed by the core subject teachers (utilizing District technology). This is required only for core subjects the student is failing. The weekly progress reports are to be electronically transmitted to the coach, counselor, and athletic director documenting:
1) Daily attendance
2) No tardiness
3) Completion of all homework and class assignments
4) Academic Progress
5) Attendance at mandatory study halls and/or tutoring sessions.
6) No discipline referrals.
It will be the responsibility of the coach of the specific sport in which the student is participating, the student's guidance counselor and teacher(s), school's athletic director, and the building principal’s responsibility or his/her designee to monitor the student's academic progress and compliance with this policy. If a student fails to meet any of the above criteria, the student may practice or attend the team meetings but will not be allowed to participate in that week's sporting event(s) unless it has been determined by the school’s building principal or his/her designee, the athletic director, guidance counselor, and coach that sufficient effort is being made. This last provision does not apply however to illegal class absences, unexcused tardiness, disciplinary referral, characteristics of poor citizenship, or unsatisfactory participation in an after-school study program.
A student on probation at the end of one interscholastic sport season and who then selects to play another interscholastic sport will remain on probation in that sport until the end of the established marking period in which the new sport begins.
For a student to be eligible to play fall sport, the student will need to have met the requirements of this policy during the final established marking period of the previous school year or final GPA for the year, and failure to do so shall result in the student being required to attend a designated district sponsored summer program, in order to take part in fall sports at the beginning of the year, under the probationary terms indicated in this policy. The student must also maintain attendance in classes and any ongoing study program, and good citizenship.
In addition to the above, to remain eligible for extracurricular activities including interscholastic athletics, students must conformed to the established behavior standards as defined in RCSD Code of Conduct and relevant administrative regulations and guidelines. Behavioral standards include a ban on consumption/use of
alcoholic beverages, drugs and/or tobacco products. These standards extend to student conduct off school grounds, including student attendance at parties off school grounds where alcohol and/or illegal drugs are present.
E. In addition to the section D, to remain eligible for interscholastic athletics students must conform to the established training rules for the sport in which they are participating. "Training rules" are generally accepted as a condition of participation in student athletics, and include such requirements as attendance at practices and participation in individual training programs.
F. The Code of Conduct specifically outlines the penalties associated with suspensions depending upon the infraction and should be followed as a guideline to determining eligibility, An appeal regarding a student’s eligibility status based on extenuating circumstances will remain within the province of the building principal or his/her designee. A suspension from participation in an extracurricular activity does not require a full hearing pursuant to Section 3214 of the Education Law. However, a student must be given the opportunity to appear informally before the disciplinarian and/or disciplinary committee, and present his/her side of the story as part of a general discussion of the conduct under review.
All students participating in extracurricular activities including athletics shall be informed that they have the obligation to act in a responsible manner because of the leadership roles they play in the school environment.
Advisors/Coaches must disseminate a copy of the expected standards of conduct and eligibility requirements as specified in this regulation and any administrative guidelines to all students and parents at the start of each school year and interscholastic sport season, and participating students should be individually informed of the application and scope of such standards. In addition, advisors, coaches, guidance counselors, teachers, and the relevant school administrators must further provide opportunities for students failing to meet academic eligibility to receive additional academic assistance through in-school or after-school tutoring programs, or academic interventions services provided by the RCSD or mandated by No Child Left Behind.
The superintendent is charged with the authority to develop administrative regulations necessary to implement the above Board policy and regulations.
This policy and regulations shall go into effect immediately upon Board of Education adoption.