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How Absence Affects Eligibility - ​A pupil who has been absent from school during a semester for a total of 20 or more school days, shall not be eligible to participate in an inter-school practice, scrimmage or contest until the student has been in attendance for a total of 45 school days following the student's 20th day of absence, except where there is a lawful absence due to a requirement that the student serve as the primary caregiver to a member of the student's immediate family or a near relative or death in that student's immediate family or near relative, both as defined in Section 1154 of the Public School Code of 1949, as amended, court subpoena, quarantine, or to attend a religious activity/function which the church requires its members to attend, or a lawful absence of 5 or more school days due to the same confining illness or injury, such lawful absence may be waived from the application of this rule by the District Committee.
If the establishment of any requirement necessary for the District Committee to exercise its discretion to grant a waiver of 5 or more excused absences results from illegal conduct on the part of the student, other than absences during which the student, without there having been a criminal conviction or an adjudication of delinquency, is admitted to a substance abuse treatment facility, the District Committee shall not grant the waiver. Attendance at summer school does not count toward the 45 days required. ***Absence from school for an entire semester, or for several semesters, shall disqualify a student for the same period stated in this Section.
Number of Days Enrollment Necessary To Count As A Semester - ​Fifteen days or more of enrollment in a semester in any secondary school shall count as one semester of membership. Enrollment at summer school does not count as a semester or part of a semester.
Absentee Rule for Athletics - ​If athletes are absent from school, they must check in the attendance office at, or before, 10:54 a.m. in order to practice or compete on that day. If athletes are absent the full day, they may not compete or practice that afternoon, evening, and/or weekend (if absence occurs on a Friday).
There are extenuating circumstances where athletes may participate if absent – participation in school related events, college visits, religious holidays, funerals, etc.
Academic Eligibility
Section 1: ​To be eligible for interscholastic athletic competition, a pupil must pursue a curriculum defined by high school procedures and graduation requirements, as full-time curriculum. Where required, this curriculum or its equivalent must be approved by, and conform to, the regulations of the State Board of Education and the Pennsylvania School Code, as well as any local policies established by the local school board. Eligibility is reviewed on Monday. The pupil must not be failing one core class or a total of two classes to be eligible to participate. If a pupil is failing one core, or two total classes, the pupil will be put on probation for a period of one week. If they are failing one core class or two total classes after the probationary period, they will then be ruled ineligible. A student becomes immediately ineligible if they are failing two core classes or three total classes. Eligibility shall be cumulative from the beginning of the grading period, shall be reported on a weekly basis, and shall be filed in the athletic office.
In cases where a student's cumulative work from the beginning of the grading period does not meet the standards provided for in this section, he/she shall be ineligible Monday through the Sunday of that week. When a school is closed on Monday for any reason, the athletic director will determine whether the student as of that day meets the standards provided for in this section. Students who are ineligible or on probation, will receive an ineligibility form that must be signed by the student, the parent/guardian and their teacher.
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