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ELIGIBILITY FOR ATHLETICS

(Policy 123.1 revised March 18, 2002)

I. Definitions – High School * Middle School – Refer to Middle School Activities Handbook Athletics - those sports programs in which the students of the district participate that are governed by PIAA rules and

regulations and school district policy, and where those students represent their school at competitive events.

Extra-Curricular Activities - those activities in which 7-12th grade students participate that are organized and financially sponsored by the school district and where those students represent their school at competitive or performing events beyond the school day. Examples of this are:

  • *  Football

  • *  Basketball (girls & boys)

  • *  Wrestling

  • *  Soccer (girls & boys)

  • *  Swimming (girls & boys)

  • *  Golf (girls & boys)

  • *  Track (girls & boys)

  • *  Cross Country (girls & boys) 9-12 only

  • *  Tennis (girls & boys)

  • *  V olleyball (girls & boys)

  • *  Baseball

  • *  Softball

  • *  LaCrosse (boys and girls)

    Cheerleading Managers/Student trainers PJAS
    PMEA
    Majorettes
    Academic Competitions Ambassadors
    Drama
    Mascots
    Water Polo
    Metro League Bowling Marching Band
    Color Guard

    (* PIAA)
    Additions to this list are at the discretion of the building principal.

    Student participant - a student in grade 7-12 who is pursuing a full time curriculum as approved by the Superintendent of Schools and is a representative of their school at district sponsored competitions or performances beyond the school day.

    Passing grade - a passing grade is a 69.5% or above per Policy 216. II. DelegationofResponsibility

    Eligibility regulations include PIAA standards as well as school district rulings included herein. Those student competitors whose sport is governed by the PIAA rules and regulations are subject to them, in their entirety, including, but not limited to, the following academic, curricular, and attendance requirements.

    PIAA Guidelines:

    1. You must pursue a curriculum defined and approved by your principal as a full-time curriculum.

    2. You must be passing at least four (4) full-credit subjects or the equivalent as of each Friday during a grading period. If you fail to meet this requirement, you will lose your eligibility from the following Sunday through the Saturday

      immediately following the next Friday as of which you meet this requirement.

    3. You must have passed at least four (4) full-credit subjects or the equivalent during the previous grading period,

      except that eligibility for the first grading period is based on your final grades for the preceding school year. If you 27

fail to meet this requirement, you will lose your eligibility for at least 10-15 school days; if your school has six (6)

grading periods, you will be ineligible for at least ten (10) school days.
4. If you are absent from school during a semester for a total of 20 or more school days, you will lose your eligibility

until you have been in attendance for a total of 60 school days following your 20th day of absence. (Items 1 through 4 are direct excerpts of PIAA regulations.)

In addition to the PIAA guidelines listed above, the district has set the following requirements for all student participants including those who are not participating in PIAA sports.

Academic Guidelines:

  1. Student participants must be passing five (5) subjects or the equivalent in order to be fully eligible to participate.

  2. If a student participant is not passing five (5) courses or the equivalent, s/he shall submit a written plan to the coach for remediation that will be done in conjunction with the classroom teacher and must contain signatures of the student/athlete, the coach, the parent, and the teacher. The remediation form must be returned to the athletic or school main office by Friday of the week it was assigned. A high school student/athlete has two weeks from the time s/he was notified to rectify the deficiencies or be declared ineligible to participate until such times as s/he fulfills the requirements. A middle school student/athlete is ineligible from the time s/he was notified until the following week if

    the deficiencies are rectified.

Attendance Guidelines:

  1. All student participants shall comply with the PIAA 20 day rule listed in guideline #4, of the PIAA regulations which states: A pupil who has been absent from school during a semester for a total of 20 or more days shall not be eligible to participate in any extra-curricular activity until s/he has been in attendance for a total of 60 school days following his/her twentieth day of absence, except where there is a consecutive absence of five (5) or more school days due to confining injury/illness; death of an immediate family member as defined in Section 1154 of the Public School Code of 1949, as amended; court subpoena; quarantine; to attend a religious activity/function which the church requires its members to attend or an absence of five (5) or more school days due to the same confining illness. Such absences may be waived from the application of this policy by the district. Attendance at summer school does not count toward the 60 days required.

  2. Unexcused illegal absence from school for an entire semester, or for several semesters, shall disqualify a pupil from participating in activities or sports during those absences and one subsequent semester.

  3. A student participant is encouraged to be on time to school each day. However, they must be in attendance at school by the end of first block/period in order to be eligible to participate in after school or evening activities, with the exception of a documented physician’s excuse, death of an immediate family member, subpoena, quarantine, or required religious function. The time limit for the student to report to class is the end of first period, and varies according to which school the participant attends. All extra-curricular activities are included in this rule.

  4. Excessive unexcused tardiness, more than five (5), in which the student competitor is in-season shall disqualify the student from one competition.

Disciplinary Guidelines

  1. Student participants shall be subject to disciplinary guidelines as established by the Board in Policy 218 and 218.2 Discipline for Student Activities.

  2. Student participants who have been found to have committed a suspendable offense may not participate in extra- curricular activities between the time of the determination and the end of the suspension.

Fees/Return of Equipment Guidelines

  1. All student participants shall be responsible to pay a nominal activity fee and/or an equipment usage fee as set annually by the Board in order to participate in athletics and school sponsored extra-curricular activities. The fees may be waived for financial reasons which shall be requested through the Business Manager. Financial reasons may include parental qualification for free and/or reduced lunch program.

  2. All outstanding borrowed school or athletic equipment, library books, and textbooks shall be properly returned to the school, or fines paid by the student athlete before s/he may compete.

These rules apply to anyone, grade 7-12, who is or will be a participant in sports or extra curricular activities including listed herein:

In all cases of ineligibility, coaches will make an attempt to notify the parents/guardian of the student participant to inform them of the reason and the duration of the ineligibility.

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HAZING
(Policy 247 adopted June 26, 2000, revisions May 23, 2004, May 24, 2010)

  1. Purpose

    The purpose of this policy is to maintain a safe, positive environment for students and staff that is free from hazing. Hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational goals of the district and are prohibited at all times.

  2. Definitions

    For purposes of this policy hazing is defined as any activity that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental health, physical health or safety of a student or causes willful destruction or removal of public or private property for the purpose of initiation or membership in or affiliation with any organization recognized by the Board.

    Endanger the physical health shall include but not be limited to any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping; beating; branding; forced calisthenics; exposure to the elements; forced consumption of any food, alcoholic beverage, drug, or controlled substance; or other forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the individual.

    Endanger the mental health shall include any activity, that would subject an individual to extreme mental stress, such as prolonged sleep deprivation, forced prolonged exclusion from social contact, forced conduct, forced conduct which could result in extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity which could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual.

    Any hazing activity, whether by an individual or a group, shall be presumed to be a forced activity, even if a student willingly participates.

  3. Authority

    The Board does not condone any form of initiation or harassment, known as hazing, as part of any school sponsored student activity. No student, coach, sponsor, volunteer or district employee shall plan, encourage, assist or engage in any hazing activity.

    The Board directs that no administrator, coach, sponsor, volunteer or district employee shall permit, condone or tolerate any form of hazing.

    The Board encourages students who have been subjected to hazing to promptly report such incidents to the building principal.

    The district will investigate all complaints of hazing and will administer appropriate discipline to any individual who violates this policy.

    Consequences for confirmed cases of hazing may result at the discretion of the board in the elimination of the activity/sport where the hazing occurred for the balance of the season. Individuals who are principally involved will be suspended for the remainder of the current season and may be permanently suspended from participation in the activity or sport while enrolled in the district.

  4. Delegation of Responsibility

    District administrators shall investigate promptly all complaints of hazing and administer appropriate discipline to any individual who violates this policy. Students, administrators, coaches, sponsors, volunteers, and district employees shall be alert to incidents of hazing and shall report such conduct to the building principal.

    The district shall annually inform students, parents/guardians, coaches, sponsors, volunteer and district staff that hazing of district students is prohibited, by means of:

    1. Distribution of written policy

    2. Publication in handbooks

    3. Verbal instructions by the coach or sponsor at the start of the season or program

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V . Guidelines

Complaint Procedure:

  1. When a student believes that s/he has been subject to hazing, the student shall promptly report the incident, orally or in writing, to the building principal.

  2. The principal shall conduct a timely, impartial, thorough, and comprehensive investigation of the alleged hazing.

  3. The principal shall prepare a written report summarizing the investigation and recommending disposition of the complaint.

    Findings of the investigation shall be provided to the complainant, the accused, and others directly involved, as appropriate.

  4. If the investigation results in a substantiated finding of hazing, the principal shall recommend appropriate disciplinary action, as circumstances warrant, in accordance with the Code of Conduct. Additionally, the student may be subject to

    disciplinary action by the coach or sponsor, up to and including removing from the activity.

Reprisal

The district will discipline or take appropriate action against any student, teacher, administrator, volunteer, contractor or other employee of the school district who retaliates against any person who makes a good faith report of alleged hazing or against any person who testifies, assists or participates in an investigation, or against any person who testifies, assists or participates in a proceeding or hearing relating to such hazing. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, any form or intimidation, reprisal or harassment.

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STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AND GUIDELINES FOR STUDENT BEHA VIOR

NOTE: All policies and procedures included herein were approved and adopted by the Millcreek Township School Board of Directors.

  1. Student Responsibilities:

    It is the responsibility of the student to:

    1. Be aware of all guidelines for student behaviors outlined in student handbook and conduct themselves in accordance

      with said guidelines.

    2. Be willing to volunteer information in matters relating to the health, safety and welfare of the school community and

      the protection of school property.

    3. Dress and groom themselves to meet fair standards of safety and health, so as not to cause substantial disruption to the

      educational processes.

    4. Assume that until a rule is waived, altered or repealed, it is in full effect.

    5. Assist the school staff in operating a safe school for all students enrolled therein.

    6. Be aware of and comply with state and local laws.

    7. Exercise proper care when using public facilities and equipment.

    8. Attend school daily (except when excused), and be on time at all classes and other school functions.

    9. Make all necessary arrangements for making up work when absent from school.

    10. Pursue and attempt to complete satisfactorily the courses of study prescribed by state and local school authorities.

    11. Respect the rights of teachers, students, administrators and all others who are involved in the educational process.

    12. Express their ideas and opinions in a respectful manner so as not to offend or slander others.

  2. School Rules/Infractions:

    The School Board has the authority to make reasonable and necessary rules governing the conduct of students in school. The rule making power, however, is not unlimited. It must operate within statutory and constitutional restraints. A School Board has only those powers which are enumerated in the statutes of this Commonwealth, or which may reasonably be implied or necessary for the orderly operation of the school. School Boards may not make rules which are arbitrary, capricious or outside their grant of authority from the General Assembly. Their rules must stand the test of fairness and reasonableness. A rule is generally considered reasonable if it uses a rational means of accomplishing some legitimate school purpose.

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Any student that engages in any activity that endangers the health, safety and well-being of students will be dealt with severely. Students may be suspended, assigned detention or alternative discipline to be determined by the building administrator for the following infractions, however, those listed are not to be considered as all inclusive, but cover the general categories of offenses resulting in disciplinary action.

Any student suspended may be excluded from any extra curricular event at the discretion of the building administrator.

  1. Disruptive and/or Inappropriate Behavior

    Disruptive behavior will be handled on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Building Administrator through the assignment of appropriate consequences (consequences may range from teacher/office detention to suspension). Infractions under this section include but are not limited to the following:

    • Horseplay/Rough Housing/Pranks

    • Inappropriate Cafeteria Behavior

    • Inappropriate Language/Gesture

    • Insubordination

    • Loitering

    • Possession and/or use of Devices and Materials that are disruptive to the educational process

    • Snowthrowing

    • Gum Chewing

  2. Bomb Threats - Policy 218.2

    Any student communicating a bomb threat will be subject to ten (10) days suspension, notification to the police, and possible referral to the school board for further action.

  3. Bullying – Policy 249 (see page 29)

  4. Class Cut

    Illness is the only acceptable excuse for not reporting to class. If a student becomes ill, s/he must report to the school nurse with the properly signed pass. Any class cut may result in a minimum of three (3) hours of detention.

  5. Computer Violations - Policy 815

    All computer violations will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, according to building and district guidelines and may result in suspension of computer/technology access.

  6. Disrespect

    Depending upon the severity of the case, as determined by the Building Administrator, the penalty for disrespect could range from a formal apology to a referral to the School Board for further action.

  7. Drugs, Alcohol, and Substance Abuse- Policy 227

    Violation of Millcreek Township School District Drug and Alcohol Policy (227) shall be addressed by the consequences set forth by the school board and described by the following:

    Unauthorized Substances - shall include but are not limited to alcohol, illegal drugs, controlled substances, nonprescription and prescription drugs which are being used in an abusive or unlawful manner or in a manner for which they were not intended or prescribed, anabolic steroids, look-alike drugs/substances, and any substance which is intended to alter mood.

1. Attempted Possession, Possession, Misrepresentation and/or Use of an Unauthorized Substance

  1. First Offense - required notification of parent/guardian and an informal hearing held. The police shall be notified immediately and in no event later than 48 hours. Suspension for ten (10) school days. Required referral to Student Support Team and Student Assistance Program.

  2. Second and Subsequent Offenses - required notification of parent/guardian. The police shall be notified immediately and in no event later than 48 hours. Out of school suspension pending a formal hearing with the school board. The superintendent shall recommend expulsion for a period of time up to and including one (1) calendar year.

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2. Intent to Deliver an Unauthorized Substance

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The student is found furnishing, delivering, selling, or initiating the exchange of any unauthorized substances.

a. Any Offense - required notification of parent/guardian. The police shall be notified immediately and in no event later than 48 hours. Out of school suspension pending a formal hearing with the school board. The superintendent shall recommend expulsion for a period of time up to and including one (1) calendar year.

  1. Possession of paraphernalia

    1. First Offense - required notification of parent/guardian and an informal hearing held. The police shall be notified immediately and in no event later than 48 hours. Suspension for ten (10) school days. Required drug and alcohol assessment and referral to Student Support Team.

    2. Second and Subsequent Offenses - required notification of parent/guardian. The police shall be notified immediately and in no event later than 48 hours. Out of school suspension pending a formal hearing with the school board. The superintendent shall recommend expulsion for a period of time up to and including one (1) calendar year.

  2. Possession of Non-Prescription Drugs

    a. Warning and review of policy 210 with student and parent/guardian.
    b. Second and subsequent offenses - disciplinary consequences will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

  3. Any individual not enrolled in Millcreek public schools discovered to be distributing suspected controlled substances on school property or at any school district sponsored event, shall be immediately reported to the police.

    In addition a written report will be submitted to the superintendent who will report the incident to the school board.

  4. Anabolic Steroids

    1. The Board prohibits the use of anabolic steroids by students except for a valid medical purpose. Bodybuilding and muscle enhancement of athletic ability are not valid medical purposes. Human Growth Hormone (HGH) prescribed by a physician for ongoing treatment of diagnosed medical conditions shall not be included as an anabolic steroid.

    2. Students shall be made aware of the dangers of steroid use; that anabolic steroids are classified as controlled substances; and that their use, unauthorized possession purchase, or sale could subject them to suspension, expulsion and/or criminal prosecution.

    3. The same consequences for improper use of anabolic steroids apply as with illegal usage of drugs and alcohol.

NOTE: The use of certain types of prescribed and over the counter medication will be permitted according to the guidelines of Policy 210 - Use of Medication. Nothing in this policy, the Drugs, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy 227, is intended to nullify the provisions of Policy 210 - Use of Medication.

In situations where controlled, illegal, or unauthorized substances, or look-alikes thereof, have been obtained or confiscated, the building administration shall secure the substance, document what has been obtained or confiscated, and then turn the substance over to the police.

In cases where suggested drug and alcohol abuse may exist, the Student Support Team has the responsibility to monitor student behavior.

If a student is expelled for a drug and alcohol violation, the Board shall require, prior to readmission that the student provide reasonable assurance that the student has received appropriate intervention.

TRAVELING POLICIES


TO GAMES: All players MUST travel to away games ON THE BUS with the team.

FROM GAMES: If a parent wants to take only their child home from the game, I must have a note from the parent PRIOR to departure from McDowell to the game. 

If a parent wants to take their child plus another player, I must have two notes: one from the parents transporting the child home and the other from the parent of the other child, giving permission for those parents to do so. Again, I must have thenotes from both parents PRIOR to depature from McDowell to the game.

All notes must include a date, a player name, a parent name & signature, and a contact number. Again, I must have these notes in my hand prior to departing from McDowell to the away game location.

We will not travel via bus to Fairview & Villa away games -- parents are expecting to drive their children to these games.