The Charles County School Board voted 6-2 at its Aug. 9 meeting to approve an updated eligibility policy that will affect students who participate in sports and extracurricular activities.
The newly approved policy asks students:
- Carry at least a 2.0 GPA from the previous trimester.
- Not having an F in the previous trimester.
- Have no more than 4.5 days of unjustified absences.
Additionally, incoming freshmen will automatically be eligible throughout the first semester.
The previous eligibility policy, passed in February 2014, was called “one of the ‘strictest’ in the state by those who opposed it.” Previous policy required students to have a GPA of 2.25 with no F.
The Council has discussed changing the eligibility policy over the past few months with arguments from both sides of the issue. Board member Virginia McGraw said at the August 9 board meeting that she continues to support changing the policy to provide more opportunities for students and presented the motion to approve the changes.
Those who voted to approve the policy change included McGraw, Council Chair Michael Lukas, Vice Council Chair Latina Wilson, Council Member Elizabeth Brown, Council Member David Hancock and Student Council Member Amira Abujuma. . Council members Jennifer Abell and Tajala Battle-Lockhart opposed the motion.
Lukas said the change will pave the way for more opportunities for CCPS students. “I certainly don’t see it as a lowering of standards,” he said. “But as an opportunity for students.”
The new policy language can be viewed here. The print edition of Charles County Public Schools Parent Handbook/Calendar 2022-23 has the old eligibility policy described on page 8. Hard copies of the calendar were printed prior to the August 9 Board meeting. For the most up-to-date information, visit the online edition of the manual/calendar here. The eligibility policy in the online calendar will be updated by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10.
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