At the urging of high school principals, the Sevier School Board is considering raising eligibility requirements for students participating in high school sports and activities.
The move was initiated by Larry Shumway, principal at North Sevier High School in Salina, who says a policy that has allowed a student to be eligible with one failing grade makes low academic performance acceptable.The new proposal requires students to maintain a 2.0 - or C - grade point average and not fail more than one class during a grading period. It would go into effect for the 1991 school year.
The policy also would require that extra-curricular activity participants be full-time students in the school each represents. Ineligible students will not be allowed to represent the school in preseason or practice contests on any level, the policy states.
It also calls for an incomplete grade to be considered the same as an F, and students who fail to meet the requirements would be ineligible for the succeeding grading period. It allows final grading period deficiencies to be made up prior to the first term of the succeeding year through completion of such programs as summer school, night school or private tutoring.