Eligibility for Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities
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
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.
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
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.
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