Adoption Date: 7/19/1994, Revised: 1/16/1996; 6/20/00, 9/3/13, 9/2/2014; 1/5/16; 6/7/16


Extracurricular Eligibility Policy

The Academic Eligibility Policy is an attempt to provide a positive opportunity to encourage students to fulfill their academic responsibilities while attending and/or participating in the various extraclassroom activities. The program will provide a periodic review (approximately every five weeks) of student academic achievement. Any student who is failing more than one course when interim and/or report cards are issued is ineligible. Students may attend extracurricular activities. For example, attendance at dances, athletic contests, concerts with a curricular focus, etc. is permissible.

For the purpose of determining eligibility, grades below 65 are considered failures. In Academic Intervention Services (AIS) a grade of U is equivalent to a failure.

Academic eligibility is a twelve-month expectation.

In order to be eligible for extracurricular participation at the high school level, a student must:
1. Be enrolled in five academic classes plus physical education (any exceptions will be based on specific recommendations from the student’s counselor, Assistant Principal or Building Principal);
2. Not have more than two course failures during any five-week grading period;
3. Exhibit acceptable social behaviors and citizenship as outlined in the Code of Conduct; and
4. Meet all attendance requirements.

• Any student failing one (1) course will be placed on a Watch List until the next reporting period and tracked through the Student Level Team (SLT).
• Any student, with two (2) failures in any subject(s), will be placed on Academic Probation.
• Any student with three (3) or more failures based on his/her report card and/or interim progress report will be deemed Ineligible for participation in extra-curricular or athletic activities for the remainder of that five-week reporting period.
• Every student’s status will be determined every five-week period during the school year.

• A student placed on PROBATION may continue to participate in all activities and will be monitored over a two-week period by means of an eligibility update form.
• A student will maintain eligibility if the weekly update indicates achievement of a passing grade for the classes in which a failing grade was received and/or teacher comments indicating consistent satisfactory effort in all classes.
• At the end of the two-week PROBATION period, if the student continues to receive a failing grade in more than one course or does not display consistent satisfactory effort in all classes, the student will be INELIGIBLE to participate until the end of the current reporting period.

• An INELIGIBLE student may still practice and attend meetings, but is not permitted to participate in games, non-graded performances, school trips or culminating events. Students will remain INELIGIBLE until a passing grade is achieved for the next marking period or interim progress report period.
• Building administration will have the opportunity to identify cases where special circumstances may have contributed to a student failing his/her course.

• Grades from middle school do not apply to high school eligibility. Each student starts high school with a clean slate. From the beginning of ninth grade, eligibility issues from the fourth quarter will be considered for the next school year.
• A high school student who has been on academic probation (two failing courses) or considered ineligible (three or more failing courses) at the midpoint of the fourth quarter (35-week report) and who fails the fourth quarter of those courses, but passes those courses for the year, will be considered on academic probation through the first two-week period of classes of the next school year.
• A high school student who has been declared ineligible at the end of the fourth quarter may attend summer school for to remediate the failed courses or take part in a district-designed credit recovery opportunity.
o The student needs to pass the course(s) taken in summer school, or complete the requirements of the credit recovery opportunity in order to return to full academic eligibility status.
o However, if a course that was failed in the fourth quarter is not offered in summer school, or a student was not able to participate in the credit recovery opportunity, or the student fails the summer school course, and all other requirements for eligibility have been met, the student will remain on academic probation through the first two-week period of classes during the next school year. (See previous PROBATION status language.)

It is the expectation that all students exemplify good citizenship and behavior at all times both in and out of school. If, in or out of school, a student exhibits unacceptable behavior as outlined in the BCSD code of conduct, or is charged with a violation of local, state, or federal laws, the consequence can range from missing one activity up to a one-year suspension from extracurricular participation. The Building Principal and/or District Administrator will base the consequence on the nature and level of severity. Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, bullying, hazing, fighting, vandalism, stealing, insubordination, academic dishonesty, truancy, and internet harassment.

All students involved in extracurricular activities are expected to maintain good attendance in school and in class. In order to participate in any extracurricular event, a student must be in school by 9:00 a.m. unless he/she has a written legal excuse signed by the parent/guardian.

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