3000 - Educational Program

3621 Eligibility for Extracurricular Activities

3621 Eligibility for Extracurricular Activities

Pender County Schools sponsors a varied activities program for all students enrolled in the secondary schools. Because certain of these activities, including athletics, meet outside of the school day and require a significant amount of time on the part of the students, the following eligibility requirements are mandated.

 

1. This policy shall apply to secondary students in grades6-12 who represent the schools by participation in any extracurricular activity, including athletics, cheerleading, and any after-school activity in which participation is not a requirement of any class taken for credit at the school.

 

2. Student athletes are required to carry school insurance or provide proof of adequate personal health and hospitalization insurance in order to participate in any interscholastic activity.

 

3. All students participating in an interscholastic activity must receive a medical examination once every 395 days by a duly licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant.

 

4. Student-athletes in grades 9-12 shall be subject to all participation requirements as set forth by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, the State Board of Education, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Pender County Board of Education.

 

5. Student-athletes in grades 6-8 shall be subject to all participation rules as set forth by the State Board of Education, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and the Pender County Board of Education. 6th grade students shall not participate in middle school football, per NCDPI policy.

 

6. A student must be in attendance on the day of an interscholastic activity, including field trips, in order to participate in the activity, unless the school principal grants prior approval.  Such approval may only be granted for educational or emergency purposes.

 

 

7. No student transferring to a high school out of his or her district may participate in another high school in the same LEA in any sport, except in the event of a bona fide change of residence by the parent(s) or legal custodian (as defined by the NCHSAA and Pender County Board of Education policy 4150, Student Assignment).  In addition, the change of school of attendance must be contemporaneous with the change of residence.  In a situation where joint custody applies to a student in the same LEA, it will only be recognized when there has been a legal separation or divorce, and such joint custody has been stated in the appropriate legal documents.

 

8. Students having more than one bona fide move within a school year will not be allowed to play in any sport for the balance of the school year.

 

9. A student transferring to a high school (according to Pender County Board of Education policy 4150) out of his or her school district, in the same LEA, will not be eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics at the school to which he or she is transferring for a period of one year from the date of enrollment except in the event of a bona fide change of residence.

 

10. Children of employees who transfer to another high school within Pender County, according to Pender County Board of Education policy 4150 will be athletically eligible to participate on the date of enrollment at the school.

 

11. Students in grades 6-8 must meet the following academic requirements in order to be eligible to participate in athletics or any activity as designated by number 1 above.

 

a. A student promoted from grade 5 to grade 6 automatically meets the requirements to start the first semester of  6th grade.

 

b. The student must pass at least one less than the total number of courses taken the previous semester.

 

c. The student must meet local promotion standards.

 

d. The student must have earned at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale or a 70.0 numerical average during the previous semester. 

In addition, if at the end of the fifth and ninth week of each grading period during the current semester of participation, a student’s academic performance becomes such that the student would become ineligible if the semester was completed, the student shall be removed from participation in athletics or any other activity designated under number 1 above until the student’s academic standing returns to an eligible status.  A student who is ineligible to participate at the beginning of the semester shall retain that status throughout the semester.

 

A student may maintain eligibility with a 2.0 GPA by participating in a student extra-curricular eligibility contract that meets tutoring, progress report, and other requirements established by the superintendent or designee, and other requirements established by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Any school that offers eligibility contracts must do so for any student that qualifies.

 

For the purposes of this policy, only as it pertains to extracurricular eligibility and to address NCDPI requirements that credit recovery courses are to be recorded only as pass/fail, courses that are taken through a district-approved credit recovery program and successfully completed will be calculated as a 70.0numerical average or a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.  This grade will replace the failing grade for the course only for the purposes of eligibility for extracurricular activities and not for student permanent records.

 

12. Students in grades 9-12 must meet the following academic requirements in order to be eligible to participate in athletics or any activity as designated by number 1 above.

 

a. A student promoted from grade 8 to grade 9 automatically meets the requirements to start the first semester of 9th grade.

 

b. The student must pass at least 3 courses (on the block scheduling format) taken the previous semester.

 

c. The student must meet local promotion standards.

 

d. The student must have earned at least a 2.0 weighted grade point average on a 4.0 scale or a 70.0 numerical average during the previous semester. 

In addition, if at the end of the fifth and ninth weeks of each grading period during the current semester of participation, a student’s academic performance becomes such that the student would become ineligible if the semester was completed, the student shall be removed from participation in athletics or any other activity designated under number 1 above until the student’s academic standing returns to an eligible status.  A student who is ineligible to participate at the beginning of a semester shall retain that status throughout the semester.

 

A student may maintain eligibility with a 2.0 GPA by participating in a student extra-curricular eligibility contract that meets tutoring, progress report, and other requirements established by the superintendent or designee, and if the student meets eligibility requirements established by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. Any school that offers eligibility contracts must do so for any student who qualifies.

 

For purposes of this policy, only as it pertains to extracurricular eligibility and to address NCDPI requirements that credit recovery courses are to be recorded only as pass/fail, courses that are taken through a district-approved credit recovery program and successfully completed will be calculated as a 70.0 numerical average or a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. This grade will replace the failing grade for the course only for the purposes of eligibility for extracurricular activities and not for student permanent records.

 

Legal References:

Cross References: School Assignment (policy 4150)

Adopted: May 06, 1985Last Updated:  May 18, 2015; August 9, 2016; June 13, 2017

 

 

 

 

Legal References:
Cross References:
School Assignment (policy 4150)
Adopted:
Monday, 06 May 1985
Last Updated:
Tuesday, 13 June 2017