Re-1 adjusts its athletic policy for Moving On
You won’t see 13-year-olds who happen to be doing 11th-grade classwork at Roaring Fork District Re-1 schools on the high school athletic field next fall.
However, high school-aged students who are still at a middle school level in some academic areas can still participate in high school sports, as long they are not failing any subjects.
That distinction was made in a revision to the Roaring Fork School District Re-1’s High School Athletic-Activity Handbook regarding athlete/participant eligibility. The school board recently approved the change, which was OK’d by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA).
The revamped policy was necessary as the Re-1 school district prepares to implement the new Moving On system for placing students in certain subjects, such as reading and math, based on their level of achievement, rather than their age-based grade level.
The new policy clarifies that students will be CHSAA-eligible once they chronologically reach ninth-grade age – and no sooner.
“Moving On is intended to meet kids’ needs where they are educationally,” Re-1 Assistant Superintendent Brad Ray said. “CHSAA, on the other hand, says you have to be of high school age to participate in high school sports. Our policy wasn’t clear about that before.”
The new academic placement system, which has already been used to some degree in Re-1 schools this past school year, will be fully implemented in all Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt schools with the 2011-12 school year.
“This just protects the kids who move through the educational system faster but still want to participate in sports or other activities,” Ray said. “This will ensure they have four years of eligibility.”
On the flip side, students performing below their grade level when they reach high school age can still participate in sports if they’re doing well in the classes they are taking.
Once students reach high school age, though, the clock starts ticking on their CHSAA eligibility.
“We didn’t want kids to get lost in Moving On, so the change was necessary,” said Ray, who worked with middle and high school principals and athletic directors to come up with the new handbook language.
Meanwhile, the athletics handbook also changed to reflect the new fee for students to participate in high school sports next school year. Under the 2011-12 budget, which the school board adopted earlier this week, fees will increase from $75 to $100 per sport, as part of the district’s plan to make up for the state’s school funding cutbacks.
The maximum athletics and activities fee per family per year increased from $300 to $400.
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