Riceville Senior High Academic Eligibility for Activities
The academic eligibility regulations of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union, the Iowa High School Speech Association, and the Iowa High School Music Association govern participation in activities in grades 9-12.
The state guidelines require students to pass all classes. IHSAA, IGHSAU, IHSMA, & IHSSA provisions apply.
Student Academic Contact Day (SACD)
A Student Academic Contact Day (SACD) is defined as a day where students are receiving direct instruction from a certified classroom teacher.
Eligibility – (Academic) (School Board Policy - 503.9)
A student must be present in school the entire day of an activity to be allowed to participate. This includes practices for the aforementioned programs as well. The exception(s) to this would be:
A. A prearranged mutual agreement between the parent or guardian of the participant and the principal.
B. Tardies/absences due to extenuating circumstances. The principal will review circumstances and will decide whether the student may participate that day or not.
The following checkpoints and provisions will be utilized at Riceville Community School to determine academic eligibility for students in 7th- 12th grade.
Teachers in grades 9-12 will submit three-week progress reports to the office:
All grades need to be turned in to the office via JMC on the checkpoint dates listed below by 3:30 P.M. JMC Administrator Access will be used to check grades at the end of the watch list. Reports to parents will reflect possible ineligibilities and/or official ineligibilities as well as trimester grades.
The ineligibility period for student will last 15 Student Academic Contact Days (SACD). Extra-curricular activities that are scheduled on weekends or are played on days when school day is cancelled due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances do not count as a SACD.
Notifications will be mailed to parents or guardians within 3 Student Academic Contact Days of the 3-week grade check.
If at any checkpoint a student is failing any class for which credit is awarded, the student will be placed on a “watch list” and have five (5) Student Academic Contact Days to improve their grade. The student will remain eligible to participate for those five Student Academic Contact Days, and if at the end of the five Student Academic Contact Days grace period the student still has an “F” or “I” then he/she will become ineligible to dress for and compete in activities. If at the end of the five-day grace period, the student’s grade is passing for that class, then the student will be removed from the “watch list.”
If the student’s grades are not improved to a passing level by the time of the scheduled JMC Administrator grade check, the period of ineligibility will begin with the first Student Academic Contact Days the day following the schedule JMC Administrator grade check and will continue for 15 Student Academic Contact Days or until the next schedule Grade Check, whichever comes first on the calendar.
Students who are currently ineligible during any ineligibility period during the academic school year that receive an “F” or “I” at the next scheduled grade check will continue their ineligibility uninterrupted from the prior ineligibility period until the next schedule grade check.
If the deficient grades are improved by the next schedule grade check, the 5 Student Academic Contact Days will be used and the student will have 5 days to improve their grades.
3-Week Grade Check
If at any 3-Week Grade Check, if a student is receiving a D-, F, or I, the student will be ineligible for a minimum of 3 Student Academic Contact Days and will remain ineligible until the deficient grades are improved to at least a D. The student will report the teacher for the class(es) they are receiving deficient grades for WIN Time and the student will also report to study hall instead of attending practice while they are receiving deficient grades.
The student may resume extra-curricular participation once all deficient grades are improved.
End of Trimester
If at the conclusion of the Trimester, a student is receiving a D-, F, or I, the student will be ineligible for a minimum of 5 Student Academic Contact Days. The student will report the teacher for the class(es) they are receiving deficient grades for WIN Time and the student will also report to study hall instead of attending practice while they are receiving deficient grades.
On the 6th SACD after the of trimester that the student received deficient grades, the student may resume extra-curricular participation.
Athletic Eligibility Rules
- Summary of Scholarship Rule, 281—IAC 36.15(2) The following requirements were effective 7-1-08:
- A student must receive credit in at least 4 subjects at all times.
- A student must pass all and make adequate progress toward graduation to remain eligible.
- If a student is not passing all at end of a final grading period, student is ineligible for first period of 30 consecutive calendar days in the interscholastic athletic event in which the student is a contestant. There is no requirement that the student competed in the sport previously. Students in baseball or softball have the same penalty as all other students.
- If a student is not passing all at any check point (if school checks at any time other than the end of a grading period), period of ineligibility and conditions of reinstatement are left to the school.
- Schools must check grades at the end of each grading period; otherwise, a school determines if and how often it checks grades.
- A student with a disability and an IEP is judged based on progress made toward IEP goals.
- The ability to use summer school or other means to make up failing grades for eligibility purposes not available. The rule now also requires that all original failing grades (even those remediated for purposes other than athletic eligibility) be reported to any school to which the student transfers.
IHSMA provisions: (2008)
“If at the end of any grading period a participant receives a failing grade in any course for which credit is awarded, the participant is ineligible to participate in any event sanctioned by the Iowa High School Speech Association or IHSSA sponsored event with any period of 30 calendar days. The period of ineligibility will begin the first school day following the day grades are issued by the school district.
A student with a disability who has an individualized education program (IEP) shall not be denied eligibility on basis of scholarship if the student is making adequate progress as determined by school officials, toward the goals and objectives on the student’s individualized educational program.
Superintendents/Principals of the respective schools will verify the eligibility of their contestants to the Iowa High School Speech Association at least two and one-half weeks before IHSSA contest.”
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