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WESTBROOK HIGH SCHOOL CO-CURRICULAR CODE OF EXPECTATIONS

The competitor for Westbrook High School must always keep in mind that a contest is only that, designed and conducted to promote the physical/academic/moral/social and emotional well-being of the competitor. Competitors must also recognize that it is a privilege, not a right, to participate in school sponsored events and they should conduct themselves as representatives of their families, their school and their community at all times. Team managers are considered members of a team and held to the same expectations. The Westbrook competitor agrees to adhere to the following Code of Expectations:

A.   Officials, coaches, opponents, and teammates will be treated with respect.

B.   Victory will be accepted modestly, defeat gracefully, and the competitor will never quit.

C.    The competitor will, at all times, control emotions and not argue with officials or coaches; profanity will not be used and decisions will be accepted as they are made and abided by.

D.    Students are to meet, and strive to exceed, the behavioral standards and expectations as defined in the Westbrook High School Student Handbook.

E.   Competitors will not instigate nor willfully involve themselves in a fight with opposing teams.

F.  Hazing, defined by State statute as “Any action or situation, including harassing behavior that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or any school personnel or a student enrolled in public school” is strictly forbidden.

G.   Students will abide by expectations for attendance for school, practices and competitions.

H.   Students will demonstrate respect for themselves and their team by wearing proper attire, tasteful and neat in appearance, for all contests, both home and away.

At any time a Westbrook student does not abide by the above Code of Expectations, he/she can expect various forms of discipline at the discretion of the coach, Athletic Director or School Administration. This discipline may take many different forms, up to and including removal from the program or team.

Coaches or advisors may establish additional rules and expectations beyond those outlined in this handbook for his/her student competitors. Such rules imposed by coaches will be explained to the students at the start of the season.

Attendance:

A student must be present, in school, for the full day in order to participate in any afterschool activities that afternoon or evening, or on Friday for a weekend competition. Absences may be excused for the following reasons only:

1.  An appointment with a healthcare professional that MUST be made during the regular school day with documentation provided by the doctor’s or dentist’s office (This excuses the athlete for the time of the appointment  and travel to and from school only).

 2. Observance of a recognized religious holiday when the observance is required during the school day

 3. A disclosed family emergency, at the discretion of the administration

 4. A planned absence for educational or personal reasons (e.g. driver’s license test) which has been approved in advance and with documentation by school administration. Daily attendance includes being on time and present for the entire school day. 

The Athletic Director will monitor student’s tardiness to school.  A student will speak with the Athletic Director/coach  regarding all tardies. 

Behavior Expectations:  

After School Detentions:  Student must serve detention versus going to practice, game, or performance. Detentions will be reported to the Athletic Director and coaches will be notified. Students are also expected to self-report to coaches. Coaches will support students attending detention instead of practice, game, or performance.  Participation consequences for students who are assigned their detention will be left to coaches discretion.

In-school suspension:  When extra-curricular students are assigned ISS time, students are not allowed to participate in competitions during the day of their suspension.  Students may be allowed to participate in practices at the coaches/administration’s discretion.

Out of School Suspension:  When extra-curricular participants are assigned OSS time, students are not allowed to participate in any practices or athletic contests/performances during the OSS time. Also, the student who has a 1 - 5 day OSS is not allowed to participate in practices or contests/performances for the next 5 school days following the completion of OSS.  The student who has a 6 - 10 day OSS is not allowed to participate in contests for the next 10 school days following the completion of OSS. The Drug and Alcohol Policy supersedes all of the above, if the infraction was a drug or alcohol offense.

Involvement in criminal activity/summons/arrest:  Students are expected to conduct themselves so as not to discredit themselves, their team organization, their coach or advisor, or their school. If a student is involved with a crime, he or she may be suspended from participation in athletic and co-curricular activities, up to and including removal from the team or activity.  

SUBSTANCE USE POLICY

Drug and Alcohol Use by Students - Administrative Procedure

The following behaviors by Westbrook students’ grades 9-12 who are participating in

extra-curricular activities are prohibited:

A. The consumption, possession, or illegal transportation of alcoholic beverages;

B. The use or possession of tobacco products including vapes, E cigarettes, etc;

C. The use or possession of unlawful drugs;

D. The use or possession of any substance presented as a mood-altering substance,

whether legal or illegal. School nurse, coach or advisor will be responsible for

prescription medications;

E. Students are prohibited from being present where underage drinking or illegal

drug use is taking place. However, if a student finds himself or herself in a

location where such activity is occurring and leaves that location within a

reasonable amount of time administrative discretion will be exercised taking into

consideration the circumstances as presented. It is the student's burden to show

that he or she complied with this policy by leaving as soon as practicable.

F. Participation in any acts that are not consistent with standards of acceptable

behavior stated in the System-Wide Code of Conduct.

G. Suspensions will carry over from season to season and year to year.

*Should the suspension carry over from one season to the next, students will be

allowed to try out for the activity. Suspension would then continue once the student

has been selected to participate in the activity.

*The number of days between the end of school and the beginning of the next preseason

activity in the next school year shall not be counted as part of the suspension.

H. All violations one year (365 days) from the date of the first infraction are

cumulative and will be monitored by the Athletic/Activities Director.

I. Sport season is defined according to the Maine Principals' Association guidelines

or until the activity's end of season banquet or awards ceremony or the beginning

of the next sports season, whichever comes first.

J. Competitive activities include (but are not limited to) the following: Academic

Decathlon, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Model United Nations, Math Team,

Speech and Debate, and Sock 'n Buskin.

K. Failure to comply with the full policy may result in the student's removal from the

team or activity.

First Infraction

The first infraction of any of the above, as determined by the school administration and

after due process, shall result in:

A. A two (2) week suspension (14 calendar days) from participation in all extracurricular activities concurrent with any suspension provided in the System Wide Code of Conduct.

B. After one (1) week (7 calendar days), students may be able to practice. Students may not, however, participate in games, competitions or performances.

C. Student must comply with the conditions set forth from the school's administration

that may include:

a. Students must attend a minimum of three (3) counseling sessions through

the school Substance Abuse Counselor. One of the three (3) sessions must

be attended by the student and his/her parent/guardian.

b. Complete approved Student Intervention & Reintegration Program (SIRP).

c. Participate in restorative practices with necessary stakeholders.

d. Complete community service.

D. The student must complete the specified requirements or submit a written plan

that meets administrative approval in order to return to activities. Failure to

complete this expectation will result in continued suspension.

E. Students shall forfeit leadership positions for that particular season.

F. Students will be ineligible to receive individual honors or awards from the school

activity but will be allowed to receive a letter or certificate if he/she fulfills

criteria established by the coach/advisor.

Second Infraction

A second infraction of the above, as determined by the school administration, and

following due process, will result in:

A. Suspension from all athletic teams and/or all competitive activities for ten (10)

weeks or the remainder of that season whichever is later. The suspension shall be

concurrent with any suspension provided for in the System-Wide Code of

Conduct.

*The suspension will begin on the date of the incident or the date that the incident

was discovered, whichever is later.

B. Students involved in non-competitive activities may continue to participate with

documentation from their advisor that they are fulfilling thirty (30) hours of

community service. Participation will be with a documented plan/process

monitored by the activity's advisor.

C. Students must comply with conditions set forth by the school's administration and

must attend a minimum of three (3) counseling sessions through the school

Substance Abuse Counselor before he/she will be allowed to participate in any

extra-curricular activity. One of the three (3) sessions must be attended by the

student and his/her parent guardian. A developmental educational component will

be assigned as part of the counseling.

Third Infraction

A third infraction of the above, as determined by the school administration, and after due

process, will result in:

A. Permanent suspension from all athletic teams for the remainder of that season

and/or from all extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year,

concurrent with any suspension provided for in the System-Wide Code of

Conduct.

B. Interscholastic ineligibility for the next two competitive seasons as defined by the

Maine Principals' Association.

C. Extra-Curricular activity ineligibility for one year (365 days).

D. Students must comply with conditions set forth from the school's administration

and must attend a minimum of three (3) counseling sessions through the school

Substance Abuse Counselor before he/she will be allowed to participate in any

extra-curricular activity. One of the three (3) sessions must be attended by the

student and his/her parent guardian. A developmental educational component will

be assigned as part of the counseling.

E. Student will be ineligible for awards.

ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY PROCEDURE

The following are the requirements for eligibility for interscholastic and other activities:

1.)  The first condition of eligibility shall be imposed by the Maine Principals' Association as follows:

a.  Must meet the eligibility rules established by local school authorities;

b.  Must not have reached twenty (20) years of age:

c.   Not have attended an approved secondary school or its equivalent for more than eight (8) semesters (consecutive from the time of the student's first registration in high school i.e. grade 9);

d.  Must not have competed in activities under an assumed name, for money or similar consideration, or in activities not approved by national, state, or local authorities.

2.)  Local eligibility shall be determined as follows:

a.   Students, grades 9-12, must earn a minimum of a 70% academic course grade in each of their 6 enrolled credits to participate in co-curricular activities.

b. Vocational courses that meet daily are counted as 3 credits of the 6 credits required.

c.  Students who are ineligible will be on probation status for a period of two weeks.  During this period, students may try out and practice but may not take part in games of any kind. At the end of two weeks, the Athletic Director will check probationary students’ grades.  If the student is passing  6 credits, he/she may compete.  Grades will be periodically checked throughout the entire sports season (A minimum of 3 checks per season, Preseason, Midpoint and end of season).  If the student is not passing  6 credits at any subsequent check, they will be ineligible for the remainder of the sports season and will be removed from their team (only one probationary period is allowed, per season for each athlete). Removal from the team means that students will not be allowed to attend practices or sit on the team bench during games and are no longer a recognized member of a specific team or activity.  Students who are academically ineligible are removed from the team so that time after school can be spent working to improve their academic status.

d.   Must be in good standing in terms of general behavior in Westbrook High School.

 

Grade Checks:

i. Fall initial eligibility is determined by 4th Quarter grades plus summer school (maximum of two classes as per MPA policy)

*If student is ineligible under the above criteria, students will be placed on monitor status for the first TWO weeks (10 academic days) of school.  During pre-season (prior to the start of school), ineligible students will be allowed to try out/practice, but they will not be able to participate in any contests (scrimmages, exhibitions, alumni games, etc.).  After a minimum of the first regular season competition has passed and, if the student is in good standing (Academic  score of 70%  for each of their 6 credits, and the student has completed at least TWO weeks of academic classes, 10 academic days), they will become eligible to compete.  If the student is not eligible, they will be placed on monitor status for two more weeks (14 calendar days).  They will be able to practice however not compete.  If the student is not eligible after this two-week period (14 calendar days), the student will no longer be eligible to participate and they will be removed from the team. Removal from the team means that students will not be allowed to attend practices or sit on the team bench during games and are no longer a recognized member of a specific team or activity.  Students who are academically ineligible are removed from the team so that time after school can be spent working to improve their academic status.

*Mid-season check.  

If the student is ineligible at the mid-season check, the student will be placed on monitor status for two weeks (14 calendar days) during which time they may practice however will not be able to compete.  If the student is eligible after two weeks (14 calendar days), the student will return to full status on the team.  If the student is ineligible at the end of two weeks (14 calendar days), the student will no longer be eligible to participate and removed from the team. Removal from the team means that students will not be allowed to attend practices or sit on the team bench during games and are no longer a recognized member of a specific team or activity.  Students who are academically ineligible are removed from the team so that time after school can be spent working to improve their academic status.

ii. Winter start-up is determined by  a grade check prior to the preseason.

During pre-season, ineligible students will be allowed to try out/practice, but they will not be able to participate in any contests (scrimmages, exhibitions, alumni games, etc.).  After their first regular season competition, or Two weeks (14 calendar days), (Whichever is greater) if the student is in good standing, they will become eligible to compete.  If the student is not eligible after this two-week period, (14 calendar days) the student will no longer be eligible to participate and will be removed from the team. Removal from the team means that students will not be allowed to attend practices or sit on the team bench during games and are no longer a recognized member of a specific team or activity.  Students who are academically ineligible are removed from the team so that time after school can be spent working to improve their academic status.

*Mid-season check.  

If the student is ineligible at the mid-season check, the student will be placed on monitor status for two weeks (14 calendar days). Ineligible students will be allowed to practice, but they will not be able to participate in any contests (scrimmages, exhibitions, alumni games, etc.) If the student is eligible after two weeks(14 calendar days), the student will return to full status on the team.  If the student is ineligible at the end of two weeks (14 calendar days), the student will no longer be eligible to participate and will be removed from the team. Removal from the team means that students will not be allowed to attend practices or sit on the team bench during games and are no longer a recognized member of a specific team or activity.  Students who are academically ineligible are removed from the team so that time after school can be spent working to improve their academic status.

iii. Spring start-up is determined by a grade check prior to the preseason. 

During pre-season, ineligible students will be allowed to try out/practice, but they will not be able to participate in any contests (scrimmages, exhibitions, alumni games, etc.).  After their first regular season competition,, or Two weeks (14 calendar days), (Whichever is greater)  if the student is in good standing, they will become eligible to compete.  If the student is not eligible after this two-week period (14 calendar days), the student will no longer be eligible to participate and will be removed from the team. Removal from the team means that students will not be allowed to attend practices or sit on the team bench during games and are no longer a recognized member of a specific team or activity.  Students who are academically ineligible are removed from the team so that time after school can be spent working to improve their academic status.

*Mid-season check.  

If the student is ineligible at the mid-season check, the student will be placed on monitor status for two weeks (14 calendar days). Ineligible students will be allowed to practice, but they will not be able to participate in any contests (scrimmages, exhibitions, alumni games, etc.) If the student is eligible after two weeks (14 calendar days), the student will return to full status on the team.  If the student is ineligible at the end of two weeks (14 calendar days), the student will no longer be eligible to participate and will be removed from the team. Removal from the team means that students will not be allowed to attend practices or sit on the team bench during games and are no longer a recognized member of a specific team or activity.  Students who are academically ineligible are removed from the team so that time after school can be spent working to improve their academic status.

3.)  This regulation shall pertain to all competitive activities sponsored by the school including first team, junior varsity and varsity levels.

4.)  All freshmen enter WHS eligible regardless of grades from WMS.  Freshmen are not subject to grade expectations until the Fall mid-season check.  

6.)   Summer School - credit for subjects failed during the regular school year may, upon prior approval of the principal, be used to meet eligibility requirements. (Maximum of two courses)

Equipment/Uniform Policy: Athletes are responsible for missing equipment and/or uniforms.  An athlete will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activity until all equipment has been returned or financial restitution at the replacement cost of the uniform has been made. Westbrook uniforms are not for sale and a uniform will be confiscated when it is recognized in possession of an unauthorized person.

WESTBROOK HIGH SCHOOL

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

CODE OF EXPECTATION

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians:

Participation in co-curricular activities provides significant learning experience and opportunity for personal growth.  With this in mind, Westbrook High School will strive to provide diverse opportunities for our students on our stages, athletic fields and through various extra-curricular activities.  Membership in co-curricular groups requires discipline, commitment and dedication to a shared purpose.  

Please take the time to read through the code of expectation with your son or daughter before signing below.  This will ensure the Westbrook School Department of your understanding of the guidelines our students will be asked to follow.

Thank you for your consideration.

                                                           Blair Marelli

WHS Administration                                        Athletic Director/WHS

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