FILE:  IDFA

Cf:  IDE, IDFAA

Cf:  IDFAB

 

INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS

 

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board is committed to the belief that for the learning process for students to be complete, additional student activities, such as athletics, must be an integral part of the educational process.

 

Interscholastic athletics may be made available for students in the schools of the school district.  The Superintendent or his/her designee shall develop and maintain an athletic program in the school district that emphasizes participation of all students.  The conduction of all athletic programs within the school district shall comply fully with regulations of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association and policies of the Board.

 

The Board shall allow students to participate in as many extracurricular activities as he/she is capable during a school year.

 

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

 

No student shall be permitted to practice or participate in any interscholastic athletic program in any public school of the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board until such student shall have furnished to the principal of the school documentation that he/she has met the following requirements:

 

  1. Evidence of having had a physical examination by a licensed physician who shall have completed documentation as required by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA).

  2. Properly complete a School Entrance and General Health Exam Form/LHSAA Medical History and pass a medical examination by a licensed physician prior to the first time he/she participates in a sport in a LHSAA school.  Physicians may continue to use the original LHSAA Sports Physical Form in performing sports physicals.  In addition, parents shall be required to complete the Authorization for Release of Confidential Information.

  3. Once a student passes the initial medical examination and completes an LHSAA Medical History Form prior to the sports season in which he/she participates, he/she shall annually pass any medical screening or medical examination required by a licensed physician and shall update his/her LHSAA Medical History Form as required.

  4. A copy of all completed and signed medical examination and participation/release of information forms (and any others required by the School Board) must be on file at the school for every student before he/she practices or participates in interscholastic athletics during that school year.

  5. An agreement signed by the student's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to hold the School Board and its members, employees, agents, assigns and insurers harmless from and against any liability for any accidents involving the student while participating in such athletic activities and any injuries suffered by the student during, or as a result of, such participation.  The agreement shall also authorize team physicians to treat the student in the event of an injury requiring emergency treatment.

  6. Students shall sign a form consenting to random drug screening and must obtain the written consent of their parent(s) or guardian(s) for said tests in order to be eligible to participate in any athletic activity. (See policy IDFAA, Drug Testing Program for Athletes)

 

RULES VIOLATION

 

Adherence to the rules of athletic representation and participation shall be strictly enforced by the Board.  Any violations of athletic rules shall be immediately reported to the Superintendent by the principal.  In the event that a member school, member school principal, or member school coach is penalized or cited by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association due to a violation, the athletic director, principal, and coach involved shall provide a full report to the Superintendent.  If found warranted, the Superintendent in turn shall make a report to the School Board with pertinent recommendations for disciplinary action.

 

SCHOLASTIC REQUIREMENTS

 

The School Board endorses the scholastic eligibility requirements as a condition for participation in high school extracurricular activities as stipulated by the LHSAA.  Scholastic requirements shall be as follow:

 

  1. To be eligible for the first semester of the school year, a student shall have earned at least six (6) units from the previous school year, which shall be listed on the student’s transcript, and shall have at least a “C” average as determined by the School Board when considering all “graded” subjects.

  2. To be eligible for the second semester of the school year, a student shall pass at least six (6) subjects from the first semester.  A senior attempting four (4) units in the first semester must pass all four (4) units to be eligible in the second semester.  Likewise, a senior attempting five (5) units in the first semester must pass all five (5) units, and a senior taking six (6) or more units in the first semester must pass six (6) units for second semester eligibility.

  3. The LHSAA includes specific eligibility rules for special education students which must be met for their participation.

 

Individual schools or the School Board may set higher, but not lower scholastic requirements for interscholastic athletic participation.

 

INSURANCE COVERAGE

 

Student insurance of various types is available for purchase by parents.  Such coverage is subject to the terms, conditions, exclusions and monetary limits as provided in the policy.  Such policies may not cover all medical expenses resulting from an injury and related treatment.  Medical bills are the responsibility of the parent.

 

Accordingly, athletes shall have either school student insurance or a signed statement from the parent showing that the student is otherwise covered for any accident or injuries that may occur during any athletic participation.  No students shall be allowed to practice or participate in interscholastic athletics until this requirement has been met.

 

Revised:  December, 1997

Revised:  September 23, 2010

Revised:  September 22, 2011

Revised:  September 26, 2013

 

 

Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:169, 17:176

Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, Bulletin 741, Louisiana Department of Education

Official Handbook, Louisiana High School Athletic Association

Board minutes, 9-23-10, 9-22-11, 9-26-13

 

Pointe Coupee Parish School Board