STUDENTS 116.1    EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS IN ATHLETICS, EXTRACURRICULAR, AND CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Student Responsibilities

Student Rights

To be aware of and adhere to Board of School Committee policies, school-level criteria, and NHIAA rules and regulations

To have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular/co-curricular activities and athletic programs

To be aware of all rules and regulations and follow them

To be provided with clearly defined rules and regulations

Participation in any extracurricular or co-curricular program such as an athletic team, club or activity is a privilege extended to all students.  All students are encouraged to seek out and take advantage of the many opportunities throughout the year in order to fully capitalize on all that high school has to offer.  Students in these programs are considered leaders among their peers and knowingly represent the school for which they participate.  As such, student leaders are held to high expectations for their academic success and personal behavior and therefore must meet eligibility requirements in order to participate.  We expect our student leaders to maintain exemplary character in school, while demonstrating outstanding citizenship within their communities.

There are two components to eligibility: academic and behavioral.

ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY

The Manchester School District follows the NHIAA guidelines for academic eligibility.

ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY TIMELINES

Grade 9

A student who is promoted from Grade 8 to Grade 9 automatically meets the academic requirements for the first quarter.  A student socially promoted to Grade 9 shall begin the school year/athletic season on academic probation. A Grade 9 student must obtain academic eligibility as reported on his/her first quarter progress report in order to continue participation in Athletics and Activities .  

Eligibility for remaining quarters/seasons are dependent upon the following timeline:

For Quarter 2 Activities/Winter Athletic Season: Quarter 1 Grades

For Quarter 3 Activities/Continue Winter Athletic Season/Spring Athletic Season: Quarter 2 Grades

For Quarter 4 Activities: Quarter 3 Grades

For Quarter 1 Activities/Fall Athletic Season: Quarter 4 Grades (excluding incoming Grade 9)

BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS/ATTENDANCE ELIGIBILITY

School/Class Attendance

A student leader is expected to attend all classes, on time, on his/her school schedule.  Students who incur their third unexcused tardy from/to school or class will be deemed ineligible for the next scheduled practice, contest or activity.  Habitual unexcused absences or tardies from school or class shall result in suspension from the team, activity, or club as defined by the following:

Upon Third Unexcused Absence*

Suspension from participation for five (5) consecutive school days, no weekend play.

*As three unexcused tardies equals one unexcused absence, nine (9) unexcused tardies will result in the same consequence.

Second offense

Suspension from participation for ten (10) consecutive days, no weekend participation, and no immediate presence (such as sitting on a team bench).

Third offense

Dismissal from all activities, clubs, or athletic teams for remainder of the school year.

Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco and Illegal Use of Prescription Drugs

The possession or use of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, or illegal drugs by Manchester students is prohibited.  The following applies to all students participating in activities or athletics at the time of violation:

First Offense

No less than twenty-one (21) days suspension from the team, activity or club with credit for time served in suspension during the investigation; and,

students shall complete, prior to returning to play, a five (5) hour drug and alcohol rehabilitation program either with the school Student Assistance Program (SAP) or with an outside agency recognized by the District.

Second Offense

A second offense of this section in the same club, activity or team season shall result in removal of the student from that team, activity or club for the remainder of the academic year with no immediate presence (such as sitting on a team bench); and

students shall complete a fifteen (15) hour drug and alcohol rehabilitation program either with the school Student Assistance Program (SAP) or with an outside agency recognized by the District.

Third Offense

A third offense of this section in the same school year shall result in removal of the student from athletics, activity or club for the remainder of the school year; and

mandatory consultative session with the student, student’s family, SAP counselor, guidance counselor and principal to develop a more intensive treatment plan to treat the student’s addictive behavior.

Student Conduct

Students participating in clubs, activities or athletics are representatives of their respective schools and carry with their privilege of participation an expectation to model good citizenship.  At times these students make poor choices in their behavior which lead to school, civil and/or legal consequences, and in turn require temporary or, sometimes, permanent suspension from participation.

Decisions regarding suspensions from an athletic team shall be made by the Athletic Director after consulting with the student’s Principal and Athletic Coordinator.  All other decisions regarding all other activities shall be made by the school principal.

Reasons for temporary suspensions and/or removal from the program include, but are not limited to,

  • Any violation of the Student Code of Conduct
  • Violations of Athletic, Activity or Club policies
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct
  • Misconduct on or off school grounds
  • Pending criminal hearings or violations of juvenile justice statutes
  • Unexcused absences from meetings or practices
  • Team Initiations, Hazing, and/or Bullying

A student may be immediately suspended from an activity, club or athletic team pending an investigation of any of these violations.

  1. It shall be the policy of the District to immediately suspend any student charged with a crime pending further investigation.  The student shall not have any immediate presence at any activity, event or contest (such as sitting on the team bench) while on suspension.

  1. A violation of the “Student Code of Conduct” resulting in either an in-school or out-of-school suspension shall result in a suspension from both practice and school contests for the same period of school suspension time.

  1. Nothing in this policy shall limit the ability of the School Principal from removing a student from the club, activity or team for repeated violations of Athletic, Activity or Club Policies, after consulting with the student’s Assistant Principal as well as the Advisor or Athletic Coordinator, Coach and District Athletic Director, depending upon the program, and it is determined that removal from the team is the appropriate disciplinary action.


Any student who has been suspended from an activity, club or athletic team in excess of ten (10) days, or removed from an activity, club or athletic team has the right to appeal the decision to the Superintendent of Schools.  The student should submit a written letter asking for an appeal hearing to the Superintendent, and upon hearing the case the decision of the Superintendent shall be final.

NOTE: For any school organization, activity, or club adhering to an eligibility code more stringent than the EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS IN ATHLETICS, EXTRACURRICULAR, AND CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, that organization, activity, or club’s code shall prevail for establishing expectations for academics and student behavior (National Honor Society, for example).

Revised from: 5/26/15

First Reading Athletics Committee: 6/27/16

Second Reading and Adoption at BOSC: 6/27/16