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Participation Guidelines and Eligibility

CO-CURRICULAR PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES

All students are expected to follow the attendance and discipline rules and regulations of Brooklyn Center High School. Those students who participate in any co-curricular activity are expected to follow the attendance and discipline rules and regulations of Brooklyn Center High School as well as adhering to the following steps when they are absent and/or tardy to any class. Please become familiar with the BCHS Attendance Policy and Procedures.

It is the student's responsibility to initiate the process of contacting the school prior to an upcoming request for absence/tardy. It is the student's responsibility to initiate the process of informing the school if he/she is going to be absent or tardy.

ACADEMIC CRITERIA
Any student on a Minnesota State High School League eligibility list or participating in any other activity under the jurisdiction of the MSHSL must be making satisfactory progress towards graduation as defined by the following benchmarks:

Credits needed by the end of the semester

9th Grade                      10th Grade
Semester 1 3.0              Semester 1 9.5
Semester 2 6.0              Semester 2 12.5
                                      
11th Grade                     12th Grade
Semester 1 15.0             Semester 1 21.0
Semester 2 18.5             Semester 2 24.0
  1. Students who do not meet the credit requirements will be declared ineligible immediately. The student may regain eligibility when he or she again meets the credit requirements. The athlete may also regain eligibility by appealing to the competition committee. At this appeal the student will present a systematic plan that evidences progress toward regaining credit requirements. The student must make a formal request of the activities coordinator requesting an audience with the competition committee. The committee will review the student’s plan and inform the student in writing within 48 hours of eligibility status. The committee membership will be the activities director, a head coach, an administrator, and the student's guidance counselor.
  2. Senior high students (grades 9-12) along with making adequate progress towards graduation, must also maintain a “C” average (5.0 on a 12.0 point scale). Student below a 5.0 will be immediately placed on academic probation. While on academic probation the student’s participation will be based on showing that they are passing all classes with a grade of “C” or better. This is done through weekly progress reports (available in the Activities Office).
  3. Junior high students (grades 7 and 8) failing more than one (1) course at the end of any quarter will be declared ineligible to participate in any co-curricular activity for a period of two (2) weeks. Beginning from the date declared ineligible. At the end of two (2) weeks, participation will be probationary for the remainder of the semester and eligibility will be based upon weekly progress reports, which shows they are meeting minimum requirements. Progress reports are available in the Activities Office.
  4. Removal from academic probation will occur upon meeting all minimum requirements at the end of the next grading period (mid-semester or semester for senior high and quarters for junior high). If the student does not meet the minimum requirements, they will be declared ineligible for co-curricular participation until term reports indicate this has been achieved.
BEHAVIORAL ELIGIBILITY
  1. Students who participate in co-curricular activities (athletics, activities) represent the school and therefore have the responsibility to act in an exemplary manner.
  2. Any student who is involved in the co-curricular program and has an unexcused absence (period or daily) will not participate in the day's co-curricular activity.
  3. Participation in an activity for which the student should have been ineligible will require that the student miss the next similar event as a consequence.
  4. Brooklyn Center High School will enforce the conse¬quences for students in violation of the school's behavior code in addition to the MSHSL Rules of Conduct that participants sign and are filed with the activities director.
  5. Students who are suspended (in-school or out of school) are unable to participate in the co-curricular program nor are they allowed to be on campus during the suspension.
  6. Students who participate in BCHS co-curricular activities and who are in leadership roles may have their roles (i.e., captains, officers, representatives) discontinued if and when they violate the behavior code (expectations).
  7. Students who participate in BCHS co-curricular activities and who are in leadership roles will have their roles (i.e., captains, officers, representatives) discontinued if and when they violate the BCHS and/or Minnesota State High School League rules and regulations pertaining to chemical eligibility.
GENERAL POLICIES
  1. Passing means the student received a mark of A, B, C, D or S as a quarter grade. Final marks of I or NG will not be considered a passing grade.
  2. The scholastic record at the end of a quarter is final.
  3. Appeals regarding Behavioral and Academic Eligibility can be made to the activities director and brought before an appeals committee. This committee will consist of two coaches, an administrator, the counselor and the activities director.