Academic Requirements for Participation in Extracurricular Activities
- Extra-Curricular Activities (including attendance at dances, assemblies, athletic events, etc.) are those activities sponsored by the school district which have open membership to interested or qualified students. All or part of the activities take place outside the classroom (credit may or may not be issued), and interaction may or may not include students from other schools or communities.
- Participation includes practicing and competing in athletics or attending regularly scheduled or special meetings or events of any extracurricular activity.
- Eligibility: To be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities a student shall, unless he/she is entering high school for the first time, have credit on the school records for twenty (20) credit hours of high school work from the previous quarter (the student must pass five (5) classes per quarter). Such work shall have been completed in the quarter for which credit is granted or in a recognized summer school program which has been approved by the Board of Education and for which graduation credit is received. Summer school courses/credit must be completed and grades posted before the first day of student attendance in fall semester. Students who participate in Illinois High School Association-sponsored activities must additionally comply with IHSA rules regarding academic eligibility.
- Only those courses in which the student is enrolled for credit will be considered for purposes of determining eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities.
- A student’s eligibility for extracurricular participation is based on the grades from the last grade report.
- Any student-participant failing to meet these academic requirements shall be suspended from the activity until eligibility has been restored.
- It shall be the responsibility of the sponsor of each extracurricular activity, with the assistance of the office of the Assistant Principal for Athletics and Activities to determine the eligibility of students who wish to participate, or to continue their participation, in that activity.
- Eligibility for extracurricular participation of students having an individualized education program, or receiving reasonable accommodations pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, shall be subject to this policy, unless otherwise determined by the student’s educational team.
Student Participation and Conflicts
Students are encouraged to participate in multiple activities. Many academic classes have events that extend beyond the regular class day. Students may elect to participate in extra-curricular activities and events that can overlap. It is very important that teachers, coaches, activity advisors, and students share information, schedules and expectations at the beginning of each activity or season.
By sharing a calendar of practices and events/performances, staff can assist in the identification of scheduling overlaps. When these conflicts do occur, the student who participates in multiple activities needs to communicate these conflicts to the appropriate advisor/coach immediately. Hopefully through prompt attention and communication, these students and their respective advisors/coaches can resolve the conflicts amicably.
There may be occasions, however, when students are expected to perform in two or more events at the same time. Once again, early identification of the conflict will help in resolving the situation. If communication breaks down, and resolution does not seem possible, administrative intervention will take place.
Students will be supervised on days when school is in session from 7:45 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. When students have an extra-curricular or academic purpose, the coach or advisor will provide supervision for these students.
Transporation for School Sponsored Activites
- All students will travel to and from all events away from Sycamore High School on bus or other school approved transportation.
- No student will be permitted to drive his/her self to an event away from Sycamore High School.
- Parents may transport their own child to an event in rare cases. These must be presented to the Director of Athletics and Activities 48 hours before the event.
- Parents may transport their own child from an event if the coach allows. Parents will need to fill out the transportation release form and present to coach when picking up their student.
- Emergency situations will also be considered by the Director of Athletics and Activities if situations arise after the time allotments have passed.