Eligibility for Extra-Curricular Teams
Atkins follows the athletic guidelines for all competitive teams, athletic and academic, as outlined below:
PARTICIPATION: Students must meet requirements set by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education. To qualify for high school athletics:
Have no more than eight consecutive semesters in attendance nor more than four seasons of participation in any sport since entering grade 9;
Be under 19 years of age on October 16;
Be in school 50% of any student day on which there is an athletic contest;
Have passed five courses (7-period day) or three courses (4-period day)in the previous semester with 2.0 QPA the previous nine-week grading period.
Must be in attendance for 90 percent of the previous semester at an approved school. This equates to that a student athlete cannot miss more than 10 days.
Have a medical exam within the last year and on file;
Have a medical release if the student has missed five or more days of practice because of illness or injury.
Students may request waivers of the policy for hardship reasons.
All ninth-graders are eligible for participation during the first nine-week grading period. If you are a ninth-grader and do not have a 2.0 QPA at the end of the first quarter or any subsequent grading period, you will be put on academic probation. If a student participates in a weekly tutoring program, he/she will keep his/her eligibility during the remainder of the school year and during the first quarter of his/her sophomore year. If an athlete is found in possession of/or under the influence of drugs or alcohol at school or at a school-sponsored function, school policy 5131.6, section 6D, will be in effect. An athlete will automatically be suspended from any athletic involvement for a minimum of 30 school days.
RANDOM DRUG/ALCOHOL TESTING To be eligible to participate in athletics, the student with the consent of his/her parents must agree in writing to submit to random alcohol and drug testing. In addition to testing students for alcohol,the students shall be tested for the presence of marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, and any other drug the Superintendent deems appropriate as recommended by Step One. Information about the alcohol/drug testing policy, program and procedures is provided in a separate brochure which athletes and their parents are expected to read.
CONSEQUENCES OF A POSITIVE TEST
FIRST OFFENSE: In the event a student fails or refuses to participate in the alcohol/drug test when selected at random or tests positive for alcohol or drugs, the student shall be ineligible to participate in athletics for a minimum of 30 days. However, if the student agrees to be assessed and to enroll in and successfully completes an alcohol and/or drug abuse education and/or intervention program, the student shall regain eligibility to participate in athletics immediately.
SECOND OFFENSE:In the event a student tests positive a second time or fails or refuses to participate in the second alcohol/drug test when selected at random,the student shall be ineligible to participate in athletics for the remainder of the current semester and all of the next semester. The student shall not be suspended from school as a result of a positive test, if they are participating in mandatory screening.
POSSESSION, USE, SALE OR DISTRIBUTION: If an athlete possesses or is under the influence (to any degree) of alcohol or illegal drugs at school or at any school activity, or if an athlete sells or distributes alcohol or a controlled substance, the athlete shall be ineligible for athletics for a minimum of 30 days in addition to being subject to suspension or expulsion from school as provided in Policy 5131.6 and AR 5131, Guidelines for Student Discipline.
DEBT OWED TO THE SCHOOL: Students who have unpaid fees to any WS/FCS school may not participate in athletics until the debt is paid. This includes trying out for a sport, practicing, or playing in games.
LEAVING SCHOOL WITHOUT PERMISSION BEFORE PRACTICE OR GAME: Any student who leaves campus after school and then returns to campus for athletic practice or a game must have permission from the athletic director or an administrator. Otherwise, the student will be suspended from the next game. A student who leaves campus twice without permission will be removed from the team.
PERMISSION TO TRAVEL WITH THE TEAM: Team members should have a form on file giving them permission to travel with the team to away events. Each player should complete the team transportation permission form