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Eau Claire Public Schools

7450 Hochberger Road~ Eau Claire, MI 49111

Student Athlete and Parent Handbook

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2020-2021

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.”

– Jack Dempsey

Approved by the Board of Education on September 21, 2020

Table of Contents

EAU CLAIRE HIGH SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION        4

Admission to Events        4

MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION TEAM        4

Board of Education – 2020-2021 School Year        5

Vision Statement        5

Belief Statements        5

Eau Claire Fight Song        5

The 2020-2021 BCS Conference Fall Sports COVID-19 Expectations        6

Student-Athlete Parent Handbook        7

Message to Parents        7

Message to Athletes        7

Philosophy of Athletics        7

Sportsmanship Expectations        8

School Administrator Expectations        8

develop a program for teaching and promoting the ideals and fundamentals of good sportsmanship within the school, the conference, and the Michigan High School Athletic Association         8

Coaches Expectations        8

Student Athlete Expectations        9

It is the expectation that students of ECPS stand during the National Anthem.        9

Student Groups (PEP CLUB, BAND) Expectations        10

Spectator Expectations        11

The Public Announcer Expectations        11

Playing Time for Athletes        12

Middle School        12

Ninth Grade        12

Junior Varsity        12

Varsity        13

Postponements/Cancellations        13

Parenting and Coaching        13

Communication you should expect from your son/daughter’s coach        13

Communication coaches expect from student athletes        14

Proper Communication between coaches and parents        14

Appropriate concerns to discuss with coaches        14

Issues not appropriate to discuss with coaches        14

Resolution        15

Athletic Offerings        15

High School Sports        15

Middle School Sports        16

Team Membership        16

Participation        16

Athletes must agree to abide by the following        16

Tryouts        16

Cuts        17

Team Advancement        17

Equipment        18

Transportation        18

Dropping Out of A Sport        18

M.H.S.A.A. Regulations:        18

Athletic Academic Eligibility        20

Previous Semester Record        20

Determining Athletic Eligibility        20

Athletic Eligibility Policy and Process:        21

A Student is Eligible if…        22

Attendance Requirements        23

Physical Examination        23

Understanding Concussions        24

What is a Concussion?        24

If you suspect a concussion        24

Signs Observed by Parents        25

Concussion Danger Signs        25

How to Respond to a report of a concussion?        25

Model Policy for Managing Heat and Humidity        26

Dual Participation        28

Athletic Code of Conduct        28

General Rules - Local        28

Appeal Procedures        29

Code of Conduct        29

Code Item #1:        29

Consequences for Violation of Code Item #1         30

Code Item #2:        30

Consequences for violation of Code Item #2         30

Self-Disclosure        31

Disqualification from a Contest        31

Athletic Awards/Recognition        32

Below are Required Athletic Participation Forms        32

Parents and Students must read, sign, and return the following forms:        32

CONCUSSION AWARENESS        33

Athletics Participation Risk Acknowledgement,        34

Release, and Waiver of Liability Agreement        34

EAU CLAIRE HIGH SCHOOL CONTACT INFORMATION

EAU CLAIRE HIGH SCHOOL

7450 Hochberger Rd.

Eau Claire, MI 49111

269-461-6997

Athletic Director:  Craig Fisher

Eau Claire Public Schools is a member of the BCS Conference

Mascot:  BEAVERS

Colors:  MAROON AND WHITE

Admission to Events  

Varsity Sports Boys & Girls

Spectator Price (at the gate): $5.00

Student Tickets: $3.00

Children under 5 and seniors are FREE

MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION TEAM

ECPS Administration supervises all aspects of the school program. The Administrative team is committed to maintaining a safe, orderly, inviting environment for students to pursue their learning. Ideas for school improvement that students or parents have should be directed to any school administrator.  Eau Claire Middle/High School contact number is: (269) 461-6997.

Board of Education – 2020-2021 School Year

Vision Statement

Eau Claire Public Schools is dedicated to providing a well-rounded education and equality for all students. Positive attitudes will be fostered in a multicultural environment that nurtures respect for one another and a pursuit of lifelong learning.

Belief Statements

Eau Claire Public Schools believes in:

        *Excellence

        *Commitment

        *Pride

        *Success

Eau Claire Fight Song

On, On Eau Claire High, we will fight for the right to fame. Pass the ball right down the field, every beaver star will shine RAH! RAH! RAH! RAH! For the maroon and white, for the team that is best in the league, we will kick, pass, and run till the battle is won, and bring home a victory!

The 2020-2021 BCS Conference Fall Sports COVID-19 Expectations

Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, Swimming/Diving

Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Cheerleaders

Athletes

  • Face Covering:
  • Not required during activity/ participation
  • Required when not actively involved
  • Swimming- Required on deck and within facility
  • Face Covering: required at all times

Proper Use of Face Covering

  • Covering of the mouth and nose
  • Athletes must put forth effort to maintain covering of the mouth and nose at all times

Coaches

  • Face Covering:
  • Must be worn at all times
  • Including: medical staff, game event staff, and media
  • Announcers are required to wear face covering when not announcing
  • Screener:
  • According to MHSAA guidelines, coaches will ensure all athletes and school personnel are screened prior to competition
  • Athletic Departments will maintain records of participants for all sporting competitions in the event of contact tracing

Failure to Comply

  • Teams reserve the right to stop play until matters are resolved by the school officials
  • The non-complying team will be forced to forfeit if the matter is not resolved

Spectators

  • 2 guests per participant/player
  • Face Covering Required
  • Physically Distant from non-household members        

*Medical intolerance or medical waivers are not accepted

**School officials are required to enforce expectations, not game officials

Link to MHSAA Face Covering Guidance per EO 180

Link to MHSAA Clarifications  Following EO

Student-Athlete Parent Handbook

This handbook is a supplement to the Student Handbook, which provides guidelines for all 6th through 12th grade students of Eau Claire Public Schools.  All sections of the student handbook also apply to student-athletes.  Be sure to also review sections of the student handbook which specifically address Title IX; Discrimination; Sexual Harassment;, Student Rights of Expression, Student Concerns, Suggestions and Grievances; and Parental Involvement. 

Message to Parents

Your student has indicated a desire to participate in the high school interscholastic athletic program.  When participating in interscholastic sports at Eau Claire Public Schools, student athletes and parents commit themselves to certain responsibilities and obligations, which are outlined in this Student Athlete - Parent handbook.  Along with the signature of your student-athlete, parents will also indicate that they understand and accept those responsibilities and obligations, and agree to cooperate with school personnel in enforcing the Student Athlete - Parent Handbook. Informational team meetings will be offered at the beginning of each season.  Athletes will not be allowed to participate in interscholastic competition until a signed athletic contract is on file in the athletic department.  Upon request, individual meetings will be scheduled for parents who are unable to attend the informational meeting.

Parents are encouraged and expected to model good sportsmanship at all times during athletic events.  Input is encouraged when done properly (see parent-coach communications).  Acceptable standards must be adhered to by adults.  Failure to lead by example may result in removal from the event and/or future events.  All parents are invited to join Eau Claire High School Booster Clubs and help promote and support the tradition of excellence associated with Eau Claire athletics.

Message to Athletes

Eau Claire High School has a long history and tradition of athletic excellence. Your participation in athletics is a privilege and should be treated as such.  Any time you wear the maroon and white, you are representing yourself, your family, your school, and all those that have worn these colors before you.  Your behavior should be above reproach in all areas.  Your conduct will be closely observed by other students, staff, parents, and the community.

Failure to follow the rules established by the team and the Code of Conduct will result in disciplinary actions up to and including suspension from school, suspension from athletics, expulsion from school and/or denial of future participation in athletics. 

Philosophy of Athletics

The Eau Claire Public School District believes that interscholastic sports 

A quality athletic program is the shared responsibility of the students, staff, parents, and community.  It requires a supportive environment that allows for participation among students, staff, and parents.  It is our expectation that our staff, coaches, and parents, also, represent themselves and the school in a positive way when they attend any athletic event home or away.  As with any successful team, we must all work together to ensure that Eau Claire athletics continue a tradition of excellence. 

Sportsmanship Expectations

In keeping with Board policy and the guidelines of the High School Athletic Association, the following behaviors are expected of each group as that group fulfills its role in providing for an athletic program that is based on exemplary sportsmanship.

School Administrator Expectations

Coaches Expectations

Student Athlete Expectations

Student Groups (PEP CLUB, BAND) Expectations

Spectator Expectations

The Public Announcer Expectations

decisions, directly or indirectly.

Playing Time for Athletes

The athletic policy of the Board of Education states that interscholastic athletics should provide for the development of life-long attitudes and values toward doing one’s best, strong teamwork, fair play, and good sportsmanship.

The District’s purpose and, therefore, each coach’s purpose for students participating in athletics is to stress the importance of physical fitness throughout life, to help students develop the attitudes and values indicated above, and to practice a mind-set and behaviors related to respect for opponents, coaches, officials, teammates, and spectators. 

Although winning is a desirable goal and something to strive for, it should not overshadow the educational purposes of athletics and the positive impact athletic activity can have on developing ethical, productive, and well-rounded citizens.

Since learning comes from doing, it is essential that coaches place participation by the maximum number of students as the top priority for their athletic teams.  To that end, the following guidelines will apply.

Middle School

Players with an equal amount of practice time will play for at least a few minutes in every game, regardless of the potential impact on the outcome of the game.  Playing time implies the opportunity for students to participate in all positions or skill areas of the sport.

Ninth Grade

Players with an equal amount of practice time will play for at least a few minutes in every game, regardless of the potential impact on the outcome of the game.  Playing time will be limited to those who attend practice sessions regularly and obey the rules of conduct.

Junior Varsity

Players with an equal amount of practice time and the expectation of earned playing time are determined for each game. Some playing time will be set for all participants during the season for those who have earned it, regardless of the potential impact on the outcome of the game.

Varsity

Players with equal amounts of practice will be given the opportunity during the season to play in a contest, regardless of the potential impact on the outcome of the game. Except in a season in which a championship or tournament birth is likely, some playing time should be arranged for as many participants as possible, consistent with criteria listed above for earned playing time.

Postponements/Cancellations

When games or events are postponed and/or cancelled, it is the responsibility of the athletic office to inform the media.  The announcement of postponement or cancellation will be made at the school as soon as possible and posted on our school website, Facebook page, as well as an All-Call being sent out.

Parenting and Coaching

Both parenting and coaching are extremely difficult vocations.  By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of others and provide greater benefit to the student.  As parents, when your son or daughter becomes involved in our programs, you have a right to understand what expectations are placed on your student-athlete.  This begins with clear communication from the coach of your student-athlete’s program. 

Communication you should expect from your son/daughter’s coach

Expectations the coach has for your daughter/son and the team:

  1. Locations and times of all practices and contests.
  2. Team requirements (i.e., fees special equipment, off-season conditioning, team/individual camps).
  3. Procedure, should your student athlete become injured during participation.
  4. Team rules, guidelines, and requirements for earning awards.

Communication coaches expect from student athletes

  1. Notification of any schedule conflicts in advance.
  2. Special concerns in regards to a coach’s philosophy and/or expectations.
  3. Injury or circumstances that may endanger the athlete when participating.

Proper Communication between coaches and parents

As your son/daughter becomes involved in the athletic programs at Eau Claire High School, they will experience some of the most rewarding moments of their lives.  It is important to understand that there also be times when things do not go the way you or your student athlete wishes.  At these times discussions with the coach are encouraged.

Appropriate concerns to discuss with coaches

 

It is very difficult to accept your son/daughter’s limited playing time. Coaches are professionals.  They make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be the best for all students involved.  As you have seen from the list above, certain things can

and should be discussed with your student athlete’s coach.  Other things, such as the following, must be left to the discretion of the coach.

Issues not appropriate to discuss with coaches

  1. Playing time
  2. Team strategy
  3. Play calling
  4. Other student athletes

There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and the parent.  These are to be encouraged.  It is important that both parties involved have a clear understanding of the other’s position.  When these conferences are necessary, the following procedure should be followed to help promote a resolution to the issue of concern.  If you have a concern to discuss with a coach, the procedure you should follow:

Resolution

What can a parent do if the meeting with the coach did not provide a satisfactory resolution?

  1. If the concern is not satisfactorily resolved after meeting with the coach, the athlete and/or parent(s) should discuss the situation with the athletic director informally in an attempt to resolve the situation.  
  2. If the athlete and/or parent(s) wish to make a formal complaint to the athletic director about the coach, it should be put in writing, with a copy provided to the coach.
  3. The athletic director will investigate the complaint; and discuss the concerns with the coach and the head varsity coach.  The investigation may include observation of practice sessions by the athletic director, if necessary.  The results of the investigation and subsequent action(s) to be taken to resolve the complaint will be documented in writing by the athletic director.
  4. If the formal complaint is not satisfactorily resolved by the athletic director, the athlete and/or parent(s) may appeal, in writing, to the principal.  The principal will meet with the parties involved in a further attempt to resolve the situation.
  5. If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved at this level, the athlete and/or parent(s) may appeal to the Superintendent, or his/her designee, in writing, within three school days.

Athletic Offerings

Since research indicates a student involved in co-curricular activities has a greater chance for success during adulthood, these programs have been established.  Many of the character traits required to be a successful participant are exactly those that will promote a successful life after high school.

High School Sports

Fall Sports

Winter

Spring

Girls Sports

Girls Sports

Girls Sports

Volleyball

Cheerleading

Softball

Cross Country

Basketball

Track and Field

Cheerleading

Boys Sports

Boys Sports

Boys Sports

Football

Basketball

Baseball

Cross Country

Wrestling

Track and Field

Middle School Sports

Fall Sports

Winter

Spring

Girls Sports

Girls Sports

Girls Sports

Volleyball

Cheerleading

Softball

Cross Country

Basketball

Track and Field

Cheerleading

Boys Sports

Boys Sports

Boys Sports

Football

Basketball

Baseball

Cross Country

Wrestling

Track and Field

Team Membership

Eau Claire High School offers several athletic programs to accommodate the interests and skills of interested students.  While some teams have limited numbers of players, students must try out for a position on the team.  Other programs can accommodate unlimited numbers of team members.

Participation

Participation in interscholastic athletics is voluntary.  Each student must accept the responsibility of self-discipline as it relates to studies, conditioning, sportsmanship, and personal conduct.  Also, each participant must agree to abide by sport, program, school training, and Michigan High School Athletic Association rules.

Athletes must agree to abide by the following

Tryouts

Students wishing to participate on athletic teams must:

Students who join a team after the first official practice (date set by coach, which cannot be earlier than the Eau Claire’s beginning date) will practice with the team for an extended training period before being allowed to participate in an athletic contest per the MHSAA handbook. 

Students who participate in a fall or winter sport with an extended season (districts, regionals, etc.) will be able to participate in winter or spring seasons as soon as the previous season ends.

Cuts

The district cannot provide a team for every student who wants to play interscholastic sports.  Therefore, in some situations students will not make the team.  The coach will provide information as to what criteria will be used to select team members. 

Participation in off-season or pre-season camps or meetings is not a determining factor. 

Factors that may determine team members include:

The athletes failing to make the team will be notified by the coach.  This can be a very emotional and difficult time, please be as supportive of your athlete as possible.

Team Advancement

The intent of advancing an athlete to a level beyond that at which he/she would normally play (9th grade athletes on the freshmen level, 10th grade athletes on the junior varsity level and 11th and 12th grade athletes on the varsity level) is to provide an exceptionally talented athlete an opportunity to enhance his/her experience and skill development, as well as contribute to the team, by participating at a higher level.

The head varsity coach is responsible for making the initial recommendation regarding who should be considered for team advancement in the program.  The proposed team advancement must be discussed and approved by the athletic department, the head varsity coach, and the parent(s) prior to any discussion of the opportunity with the athlete.  Academic progress, emotional maturity, and peer relationships, as well as athletic ability, will be considered as part of these discussions.  If the athlete is advanced, he/she must be assured of an opportunity to improve his/her skills through playing time similar to what he/she would have had at the lower level.  The team advancement decision must be assessed regularly by the coach, the athletic department, the athlete director, and the parent(s).  The placement decision may change during the season. 

Equipment

Athletes will be issued equipment with the provision that it will be returned at the end of the season.  Athletes will accept the responsibility for the cost of lost equipment.  Game uniforms will be issued prior to the first contest and are not to be worn at any time other than an athletic contest or by prior approval by the athletic department.

If lockers are required, they will be assigned prior to the start of the season.  Athletes are to remove equipment and cleanout lockers immediately after the season ends.  All lockers need to be available for cleaning and the start of the next season.

Transportation

Athletes are expected to ride to and from all contests with the team, unless prior written arrangements have been made with the building principal or the Athletic Director. A coach may give a student permission to ride home with a parent from a game, provided the parent personally speaks to the coach and signs a release with the coach, and is driving his/her own vehicle.

Dropping Out of A Sport

Quitting a team is a serious matter.  No athlete should quit a team without first discussing his/her intention to do so with the coach.

An athlete will not be permitted to participate in another sport until the season of the sport/he she drops has been completed, unless mutually agreed to by both coaches and athletic director.

M.H.S.A.A. Regulations:

The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) has been the governing body of high school athletics in our state since 1924, and Eau Claire High School is part of the 768 public, parochial and private schools that have agreed to follow the rules and regulations MHSAA helps enact. 

The following is a summary of the MHSAA Ten-Point Checklist for Student Eligibility:

  1. Age: A high school student is ineligible if they have reached their nineteenth birthday before September 1 of a current school year.

A seventh or eighth grade student who competes must be under fourteen (14) or fifteen (15) years of age respectively, except that a student who reaches that birthday on or after September 1 of the current school year is eligible for athletic contests for the balance of that year.

  1. Undergraduate Standing: Students involved with high school sports cannot be a high school graduate.
  2. Physical Examination:  Students must have on file, in the athletic office, a physician’s statement for the current school year (after April 15) certifying that he/she is physically able to compete in athletic practices and contests.
  3. Enrollment:  Students must be enrolled in school prior to the fourth Wednesday after Labor Day (1st semester) or the fourth Wednesday of February (2nd semester).  A student must be enrolled in a minimum of four courses (20 credits) in the school of which he or she competes.
  4. Semesters of Enrollment:  Students cannot be eligible in high school for more than eight semesters and the seventh and eighth semesters must be consecutive.  Students are allowed four first semesters and four-second semesters of competition and cannot compete if they have graduated from high school.  When two seasons leading to a state championship of the same sport are offered in a school year, an athlete may participate in only one.
  5. Transfer Students:  A student in grades 9 through 12 who transfers to another school is not eligible to participate in interscholastic contest for one full semester unless the student qualified for immediate eligibility under one or more of fifteen published exceptions.  Transfer rules DO NOT apply to the 7th and 8th graders.
  6. Undue Influence:  The use of undue influence by any person, directly or indirectly, associated with a school to secure or encourage the attendance of a student for athletic purposes shall cause the student to become ineligible for a minimum of one semester.
  7. Limited Team Membership:  After practicing or participating with high school teams, students cannot participate in any athletic competition not sponsored by his or her school in the same sport during the same season.  Students in individual sports may participate in a maximum of two non-school individual meets or contests during the school season while not representing their school. Participation in non-school events  meeting during the high school season may not occur without notifying the athletic department prior to participation.
  8. All Star Competition:  Students shall not compete at any time, in any sport, under MHSAA jurisdiction in All-Star Contests or national championships, regardless of the method of selection.  Participation in such a contest shall cause that student to become ineligible for a maximum period of one year of high school enrollment.
  9. Awards and Amateurism:  Students cannot receive money or other valuable considerations for participating in MHSAA-sponsored sports or officiating in interscholastic athletic contests, except as allowed by the HANDBOOK.  Students may accept, for participation in MHSAA-sponsored sports, a symbolic or merchandise award, which does not have a value over $15.00.  Banquets, luncheons, dinners, trips, and admission to camps or events, are permitted if accepted “in kind”.  Awards in the form of cash merchandise, certificates, or any other negotiable document are not allowed.

Athletic Academic Eligibility

Previous Semester Record

Section 7 (A)-No student shall compete in any athletic contest or scrimmage who does not have to his or her credit in the official records of the school represented, at least 66 percent of full credit load potential for a full-time student for the last semester/trimester during which he or she shall have been enrolled in grades 9 to 12, inclusive. A student entering the 9th grade for the first time, except those who participated under Regulation I, Section 1(D) or who had eligibility advanced under Regulation III, Section 2 (C), may compete without reference to his/her record in the 8th grade. See Interpretation 42 for the period of ineligibility under this rule (the next trimester or 60 scheduled school days in a non-trimester school).

Other factors: 

A student entering 7th or 9th grade for the first time may compete without reference to his or her academic record in 6th or 8th grade. 

Determining Athletic Eligibility

Goal: To maximize student participation  in our athletic programs while maintaining a high standard of excellence in academics.

Purpose of Eligibility Checks: Student participation in athletics and co-curricular activities not only increases student engagement in school, but also increases the chances that a student will persist and earn a diploma. For this reason, eligibility checks are intended to be motivational rather than a punishment.

 Important Notes:

Athletic Eligibility Policy and Process:  

A Student is Eligible if…

Eligibility check:

Then student is:

What next?

0 Incompletes (I’s) And...

Beaver Score is 2.5 or higher.

Eligible

  1. Student athletes are encouraged to keep up the great work!
  2. Students who maintain this level during each eligibility check will receive academic honor.

0 Incompletes (I’s) But…

Beaver Score is lower than 2.5.

Eligible but...

  1. During the first Eligibility Check of the season, the athlete is still eligible to play; however, the student’s name is added to the appropriate Needs Improvement List:
  1. List A: Academic Improvement Needed
  2. List B: Beaver Score Improvement Needed
  1. The student and parent are notified that improvement is necessary and that student is at risk of becoming ineligible if he or she does not show improvement in the areas of need.
  2. Students will remain on the Improvement List until re-evaluation at the next eligibility check.
  3. During the next eligibility check the student must show improvement in the identified area.
  4. If improvement is not made, the student will remain on the Needs Improvement List, and will be withheld from competitions until they no longer appear on the list.
  5. Appearance on 3 consecutive lists will result in the student athlete being withheld from practices and competitions.

1-2  Incompletes (I’s) But…

Beaver Score is 2.5 or higher.

Eligible but...

Eligibility check:

Then student is:

What next?

1-2  Incompletes (I’s)  And…

Beaver Score is lower than 2.5.

Ineligible:

and...

On Probation

  1. During the first eligibility check of the season, the athlete is put on “Probation” and will be withheld from competitions until they are no longer on probation.
  2. The student and parent are notified why the student has been placed on probation and that improvement is necessary. Parents and the student should be reminded that we understand that some students may struggle with learning and need extra time and intervention; however, the expectations outlined in the Beaver Score Rubric are achievable by all students. It’s about choice.
  3. An intervention plan should be created.
  4. The student will remain on Probation until re-evaluation at the next eligibility check or until the student is able to provide evidence of improvement sooner than next eligibility check.
  5. Appearance on the probation list after 3 consecutive eligibility checks will result in the student athlete being withheld from practices and competitions.

3+ Incompletes (I’s)

*Ineligible

  1. The student and parent are notified why the student is ineligible and that the student is not able to participate in practices or competitions until improvement is demonstrated.
  2. An intervention plan should be created with the Student Success Team to help the student reach achievement goals.

(*According to the state a student must be passing 66 percent of their classes or they are unable to participate.)

Attendance Requirements

Attendance at all practices and contests is expected. 

Physical Examination

Athletes must obtain a physical exam, signed by an M.D., D.O., Physician’s Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner who administered the physical exam, stating that the student is physically able to compete in athletic practices and contests.  Forms are available at the high school athletic office.  The physical must be dated after April 15, for the current school year.  Athletes must have a copy of their physical on file in the school athletic office before they may participate in any practices or games.Physicals may be obtained from your family doctor, other Medical Facilities or Lakeland Family Clinic which provides the service for student-athletes in our district by appointment.


Understanding Concussions

Educational Material for Parents and Students (Content Meets MDCH Requirements) Sources: Michigan Department of Community Health. CDC and the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE)

UNDERSTANDING CONCUSSION

Some Common Symptoms

Headache

Pressure in the Head

Nausea/Vomiting

Dizziness

Balance Problems

Double Vision

Blurry Vision

Sensitive to Light

 Sensitive to Noise

 Sluggishness

Haziness

Fogginess

Grogginess

Poor Concentration

Memory Problems

Confusion

“Feeling Down”

Not “Feeling Right”

Feeling Irritable

Slow Reaction Time

Sleep Problems

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a fall, bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.  A concussion can be caused by a shaking, spinning or a sudden stopping and starting of the head.  Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.  A concussion can happen even if you haven’t been knocked out.

You can’t see a concussion.  Signs and symptoms of concussions can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury.  If the student reports any symptoms of a concussion, or if you notice symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away.  A student who may have had a concussion should not return to play on the day of the injury and until a health care professional says they are okay to return to play.

If you suspect a concussion

1.        SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION RIGHT AWAY – A health care professional will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for the student to return to regular activities, including sports.  Don’t hide it, report it.  Ignoring symptoms and trying to “tough it out” often makes it worse.

2.         KEEP YOUR STUDENT OUT OF PLAY – Concussions take time to heal.  Don’t let the student return to play the day of injury and until a health care professional says it’s okay.  A student who returns to play too soon, while the brain is still healing, risks a greater chance of having a second concussion.  Young children and teens are more likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover than adults.  Repeat or second concussions increase the time it takes to recover and can be very serious. They can cause permanent brain damage, affecting the student for a lifetime.  They can be fatal.  It is better to miss one game than the whole season.

3.         TELL THE SCHOOL ABOUT ANY PREVIOUS CONCUSSION – Schools should know if a student had a previous concussion. A student’s school may not know about a concussion received in another sport or activity unless you notify them.

Signs Observed by Parents

Concussion Danger Signs

In rare cases, a dangerous blood clot may form on the brain in a person with a concussion and crowd the brain against the skull.  A student should receive immediate medical attention if after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body s/he exhibits any of the following danger signs:

How to Respond to a report of a concussion?

If a student reports one or more symptoms of a concussion after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body, s/he should be kept out of athletic play the day of the injury. The student should only return to play with permission from a health care professional experienced in evaluating for concussion.  During recovery, rest is key.  Exercising or activities that involve a lot of concentration (such as studying, working on the computer, or playing video games) may cause concussion symptoms to reappear or get worse.  Students who return to school after a concussion may need to spend fewer hours at school, take rests breaks, be given extra help and time, spend less time

reading, writing or on a computer.  After a concussion, returning to sports and school is a gradual process that should be monitored by a healthcare professional.

Remember:  Concussion affects people differently.  While most students with a concussion recover quickly and fully, some will have symptoms that last for days, or even weeks.  A more serious concussion can last for months or longer.

To learn more, go to www.cdc.gov/concussion.    

Managing Heat and Humidity

  1. Thirty minutes prior to the start of an activity, and again 60 minutes after the start         of that activity, take temperature and humidity readings at the site of the activity.          Using a digital sling psychrometer is recommended.  Record the readings in writing and maintain the information in the files of school administration. Each school is to designate whose duties these are:  generally the athletic director, head coach or certified athletic trainer.
  2. Factor the temperature and humidity into the Heat Index Calculator and Chart to         determine the Heat Index.  If a digital sling psychrometer is being used, the calculation is automatic.
  3. If the Heat Index is below 95 degrees:
  1. If the Heat Index is 95 degrees to 99 degrees:
  1. If the heat Index is above 99 degrees to 104 degrees:
  1. If the Heat Index is above 104 degrees:

NOTE:  When the temperature is below 80 degrees there is no combination of heat and humidity that will result in need to curtail activity.

Heat Index Calculation and Chart

Dual Participation

A dual sport athletic form is available from the athletic department. This form will establish priorities, conditions, and criteria for competition in activities which occur in the same season.  Please complete this form with all necessary signatures to the athletic department prior to the start of competition. At the discretion of the Athletic Director.  

Athletic Code of Conduct

Eau Claire High School has high expectations for all students involved in public performances.  Students’ behaviors will always be linked with the reputation of our school and community.  As ambassadors of our school and community, participating students carry a responsibility to represent Eau Claire High School in a professional manner.  Consequently, the following Code of Conduct was developed to promote positive educational opportunities for students.

General Rules - Local

  1. Injuries – All injuries, whether they occur during practice or competition, shall be    reported to the coach immediately.  If a student is under medical care for an injury, a medical release will be required before the student will be allowed to return to practice or competition
  2. Signed Forms - Students must return signed athletic policies, medical history, risk form, and any other forms to the head coach or Athletic Director, as directed.
  3. Theft - Any theft of items belonging to teammates or the Athletic Department or thefts which occur during the athlete’s attendance at practice or a game, whether home or away, will result in the athlete being suspended from athletic participation for at least two sport seasons.
  4. Suspension – If a student is suspended, he or she is NOT permitted to practice, participate, or attend any athletic event during the period of suspension.  This includes in-school or out-of-school suspensions.  The suspension period for athletes will be those days on which the students serve the suspension.  If the suspension spans a weekend (Saturday and Sunday), the athlete may NOT participate in practice or competition until he/she returns to regular classes.  If the suspension spans three or more days, such as vacation periods, the student may practice, but not compete or attend contests on non-school days.  A student whose suspension period has been fully served by the end of the day preceding a holiday or a Friday, may participate on Saturday, or the Holiday, but not on the final day of the suspension, unless he or she has returned to class (example – owes ½ day suspension).
  5. Awards Presentation – Athletes must be present to receive an award, unless arrangements are made in advance with the Athletic Director or athletic office.
  6. Coaches Rules – Athletes are expected to follow all rules established by the coach.  Coaches establish rules for practice, participation, and corresponding penalties.  All athletes are expected to cooperate with administrators, teachers, students, and to show good sportsmanship towards fans, and athletes from home and visiting schools.
  7. Insurance – The district provides student insurance. The school insurance will only take place if an accident report has been completed.
  8. Tobacco/Alcohol/Illicit Substances – During the school year and sports season, regardless of quantity, a student shall not:
  1. Consume or be in possession of a beverage containing alcohol.
  2. Use or be in possession of tobacco or tobacco products.
  3. Consume, have in possession, buy, sell, or give away marijuana, steroids, illegal or illicit substances, or look-alike drugs.

Subsequent offenses will be dealt with according to the Athletic Policy.

It is not a violation for a student to be in possession of a legally defined medication specifically prescribed for the student’s own use by his/her physician.  If an athlete voluntarily turns himself or herself in to a coach or the Athletic Director, and admits to have a problem with tobacco, alcohol or any controlled substance (before the athlete is found to have his problem by the Athletic Department), he or she will not receive any penalty for the first offense during his/her athletic career.  The athlete will be referred to counseling.  Any subsequent offenses will be dealt with according to the Athletic Policy.

Appeal Procedures

 Any athlete suspended from competition by a coach for a violation of a coaching rule may appeal to the Athletic Director within three (3) days of the coach’s decision. The Athletic Director will conduct an investigation and make a determination within three (3) days of the appeal.

Decisions by the Athletic Director, which result in the suspension of an athlete, may be appealed to the Athletic Council within seven (7) days after the date of suspension.  The appeal must be in writing and directed to the Athletic Director.  The Athletic Council will hear individual student’s appeals.  The Athletic Council is made up of 3 head coaches from different sports.  The council will change due to the season and availability.  They will examine the facts in the case and determine if sufficient grounds exist to assess the penalties stated herein.

Code of Conduct

It is the district’s expectation that no member of a Eau Claire High School or Middle School extra/co-curricular activity will violate:

Code Item #1:

Knowingly use, have possession of, or assist other students in the use of the following:

  1. Tobacco/tobacco products in any form
  2. Alcoholic beverages
  3. Any form of illegal drugs/drug paraphernalia
  4. Misuse of any prescribed drugs or over the counter drug/chemical

Consequences for Violation of Code Item #1 

Code Item #2:

Exhibit behavior, which is detrimental to his/her school or community.  (Note:  Misdemeanors or felonies fall under the criminal code, which occur in or out of school, will be included.)  The school may take disciplinary action regardless of whether or not legal action results in a conviction. 

Consequences for violation of Code Item #2 

A gross violation may result in termination of any further participation in school sponsored sports for the duration of the student’s Junior High school or high school career.

Self-Disclosure

Students who seek help regarding a chemical dependency problem shall not be subject to disciplinary action provided that: 

  1. There exists no violation at the time the student seeks help (e.g. the student is not in possession or under the influence of alcohol or other unlawful drugs etc.) and, in the opinion of the athletic director,  the spirit of the policy has not been violated:  and
  2. No subsequent violation occurs.

Disqualification from a Contest

Michigan High School Athletic Association Regulation V Section 3 (D).  The following policies for disqualification shall apply in all sports: 

Athletic Awards/Recognition

 An Eau Claire High School student can earn one junior varsity letter, chevrons, one varsity letter and one set of graduation numerals per high school career.

Junior Varsity:  Each first year junior varsity team member will receive a junior varsity letter and one set of graduation numerals.  Junior Varsity team members will receive a certificate only when they have previously received a letter

Varsity:  Each first year varsity team member will receive a varsity letter.  Each year after, a varsity team member will receive a certificate and a chevron.

Participant Certificate:  Any athlete or manager who does not qualify for the award at that level will receive a participation certificate.

Special Awards:  Certificates are available for special awards given by the team. An athlete that earns 4 varsity letters in one sport or 8 in numerous sports will receive a plaque.

Award Banquets/Ceremonies Dress Attire:  Students are reminded they are representing the school and the community and must adhere to the following:  no jeans, no shorts and all dresses and skirts must remain within school policy of fingertip length.

Below are Required Athletic Participation Forms

Parents and Students must read, sign, and return the following forms:

CONCUSSION AWARENESS

EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM

By my name and signature below, I acknowledge in accordance with Public Acts 342 and 343 of 2012 that I have received and reviewed the Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents and/or the Concussion Fact Sheet for Students provided by Eau Claire Public Schools (Sponsoring Organization).

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Participant Name Printed

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Participant Name Signature

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Date

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Parent or Guardian Name Printed

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Parent or Guardian Name Printed

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Date

Return this signed form to the Middle/High School Office. The District must keep this form on file for the duration of participation or age 18.

Athletic Code of Conduct Acknowledgement

I have read the Eau Claire Student-Athlete / Parent Handbook, and I agree to abide by the regulations stated therein. I have also discussed this with my parents/guardians and they attest to this by their co-signatures.

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Participant Name Printed

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Participant Name Signature

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Date

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Parent or Guardian Name Printed

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Parent or Guardian Name Printed

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Date


Eau Claire Public Schools

2020-2021

Athletics Participation Risk Acknowledgement,

Release, and Waiver of Liability Agreement

The Eau Claire Public Schools (“District”) will allow eligible students to participate in organized team and individual athletic activities (“Athletics”) for the 2020-2021 school year, consistent with recently signed Executive Orders and guidelines and regulations from the Michigan High School Athletic Association (“MHSAA”).

The COVID-19 pandemic creates unique risks for student athletes. Athletics may include both indoor and outdoor activities and group gatherings. Student athletes will come into contact with others who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Student athletes may also come into contact with surfaces and items, including locker rooms, equipment, and playing fields both within and outside the District’s boundaries and control on which the COVID-19 virus is present. Participating in Athletics may increase the risk of COVID-19 exposure.

The District will endeavor to follow COVID-19 safety precautions contained in applicable Executive Orders, local health department directives, and MHSAA guidelines and regulations. Nevertheless, the District and its athletic program cannot prevent student athletes from possibly being exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19.

Additionally, Athletics includes inherent safety risks due to physical exertion, physical contact, weather, heat, natural disasters, acts of God, and the intentional and negligent acts of third parties.

Participation in Athletics is voluntary. No student will be penalized for not participating.

This Agreement constitutes notice to student athletes and, for minors, their parents/guardians, of the risks associated with Athletics participation, including, without limitation, the risk of property damage, injury, illness, and death, and, in particular, the risk of being exposed to or contracting COVID-19.

The District disclaims all liability, on its own behalf and on behalf of its employees, agents, volunteers, coaches, Board of Education, and individual Board of Education members, for damage of any kind arising out of a person’s Athletics participation.

By signing this Agreement, you understand and agree that the District (which for purposes of this Agreement includes the District’s employees, agents, volunteers, coaches, Board of Education, and individual Board of Education members) is not liable for any loss, property damage, injury, illness, or death that occurs to you or to your child/ward even if such loss, property damage, injury, illness, or death (including related to COVID-19) is caused by the District’s negligence. You further agree to indemnify and hold the District harmless for any damage or loss, including any actual attorney fees that the District incurs or that are incurred on the District’s behalf, related to your participation in Athletics and, for minors, related to your child’s/ward’s participation in Athletics.

For Student Athletes Ages 18 and Over

By signing this Agreement, you agree that:        

  1. You understand the risks of Athletics participation, including those risks related to COVID-19;
  2. You understand that Athletics participation is not required and that you will not be penalized if you choose not to participate;
  3. Despite the risks described above, you have voluntarily and freely decided to participate in Athletics;
  4. You will follow all COVID-19 related rules and expectations for Athletics, including those related to self-screenings, testing, face coverings, hygiene, and social distancing. You will promptly leave any Athletics practice, activity, or event if you show signs or symptoms of illness;
  5. You may be temporarily suspended from Athletics at the District’s discretion during any period of quarantine, and the District may temporarily or permanently suspend Athletics or a particular athletic event or program if the District determines, in its sole discretion, that doing so is in the District’s best interests or in the interest of public health;
  6. You have had an opportunity to consult with a health care provider of your choice and after such consultation or after declining to engage in such consultation, you have determined that participating in Athletics is advisable based on your unique circumstances and you are or will be sufficiently conditioned and physically able to participate in Athletics before actually participating in Athletics;
  7. You will indemnify, release, and forever hold the District harmless from any and all claims or damages, including attorney’s fees, resulting from your participation in Athletics;
  8. You will indemnify and hold the District harmless from any and all claims brought by third parties on your behalf for damages, injuries, liabilities, and losses, including actual attorney’s fees, resulting from your participation in Athletics;
  9. All terms in this Agreement, whether enumerated or contained in the preamble, are final and binding; and
  10. You have read the terms of this Agreement, you understand the terms, and you freely and without duress agree to be bound by the terms.

For Minors (To Be Signed by Parent/Guardian)

By signing this Agreement, you agree that:        

  1. You understand the risks of Athletics participation, including those risks related to COVID-19, and you have explained those risks to your child/ward;
  2. You understand that Athletics participation is not required and that your child/ward will not be penalized for not participating;
  3. Despite the risks described above, you and your child/ward have voluntarily and freely decided that your child/ward will participate in Athletics;
  4. You and your child/ward will follow all COVID-19 related rules and expectations for Athletics, including those related to self-screenings, testing, face coverings, hygiene, and social distancing. You authorize the District to take your child’s/ward’s temperature at Athletics practices, activities, and events. If notified, you will promptly retrieve your child/ward, or arrange to have your child/ward retrieved, from an Athletics practice, activity, or event;
  5. Your child/ward may be temporarily suspended from Athletics at the District’s discretion during any period of quarantine;
  6. The District may temporarily or permanently suspend Athletics or a particular athletic event or program if the District determines, in its sole discretion, that doing so is in the District’s best interests or in the interest of public health;
  7. You and your child/ward have had an opportunity to consult with a health care provider of your choice and after such consultation or after declining to engage in such consultation, you have determined that participating in Athletics is advisable based on your child’s/ward’s unique circumstances and your child/ward is or will be sufficiently conditioned and physically able to participate in Athletics before actually participating in Athletics;  
  8. You will indemnify, release, and forever hold the District harmless from any and all claims or damages, including attorney’s fees, resulting from your child’s/ward’s participation in Athletics;
  9. You will indemnify and forever hold the District harmless from any and all claims brought by third parties on behalf of your child/ward for damages, injuries, liabilities, and losses, including actual attorney’s fees, resulting from your child’s/ward’s participation in Athletics;
  10. You will not pursue any claims on your own behalf or on behalf of your child/ward, in any forum, seeking damages or any other relief, including actual attorney’s fees, related to your child’s/ward’s participation in Athletics;
  11. You will reimburse the District for any costs incurred by the District, including damages and actual attorney’s fees, if you pursue a claim or cause of action on your own behalf or on behalf of your child/ward, or if any third party pursues such a claim on your behalf or on behalf of your child/ward, that was waived or released pursuant to this Agreement;
  12. All terms in this Agreement, whether enumerated or contained in the preamble, are final and binding; and
  13. You have read the terms of this Agreement, you understand the terms, and you freely and without duress agree that you and your child/ward will be bound by them.

                                

Student athlete’s name (PRINT) __________________________________________________

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Participant’s Signature                                                 Parent/Guardian Signature                 

(if 18 or over)                                                        (if participant is a minor)

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Date                                                                Date