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Lancaster High School Academic Eligibility

Lancaster High School is a member of the Virginia High School League, an alliance of Virginia's public high schools that promotes education, leadership, sportsmanship, character and citizenship for students by establishing and maintaining high standards for school activities and competitions.

The regulation regarding the Scholarship Rule (28A-5-1) as stated in the VHSL policy manual is as follows:

(a) For the first semester be currently enrolled in not fewer than five subjects, or their equivalent, offered for credit and which may be used for graduation; and have passed five subjects, or their equivalent, offered for credit and which may be used for graduation the immediately preceding year or the immediately preceding semester for schools that certify credit on a semester basis; and

(b) For the second semester be currently enrolled in not fewer than five subjects, or their equivalent, offered for credit and which may be used for graduation; and have passed five subjects, or their equivalent, offered for credit and which may be used for graduation the immediately preceding semester.

FOR BLOCK SCHEDULING-STUDENTS MUST TAKE AT LEAST THREE PER BLOCK AND PASS THREE PER BLOCK

Lancaster High School will follow the VHSL policy as stated and to insure academic integrity, the following strategies will take place:

1) The athletic director (AD), or designee, will monitor student/athletes academic progress weekly (beginning week three of the semester) and maintain a “watch list” of student/athletes with failing grades.

2) Those student/athletes who have failing grades will continue to participate, but will be put on probation.

3) Student/athletes on probation will be required to attend tutoring sessions in the academic wing at least twice a week until the grade is no longer failing.

4) The AD will inform parents and coaches of their student/athletes on probation as to the progress of the student/athletes. Also, the AD will communicate with teachers and school administration regarding student/athletes who may need tutoring or further academic coaching.

5) Student/athletes will begin a season on probation if, though VHSL eligible, there are failing grades(s) at the end of the previous semester. These students will be required to attend tutoring sessions until interim grades are released with no failing grades.

6) Coaches will be encouraged to provide time to complete homework assignments. Coaches may, however, choose to begin practice early to end early enough so student/athletes have time to complete assignments following practice.

Any Lancaster Middle School 8th grade student/athlete trying out for junior varsity athletics at Lancaster High School must be approved by LMS administration. Eighth grade students who are prohibited from participating in LMS athletics due to academic or behavior difficulties will be prohibited from participating in LHS athletics per administrative consult. Eighth grade student/athletes are subject to the same strategies in place for high school student/athletes with failing grades during a season.