STUDENTS 116.1 EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS IN ATHLETICS, EXTRACURRICULAR, AND CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
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.
The Manchester School District follows the NHIAA guidelines for academic eligibility.
ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY TIMELINES
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
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.
Suspension from participation for ten (10) consecutive days, no weekend participation, and no immediate presence (such as sitting on a team bench).
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:
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.
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.
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.
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,
A student may be immediately suspended from an activity, club or athletic team pending an investigation of any of these violations.
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