The Cherokee County Board of Education and administration are considering revisions to the Middle & High School Athletic Policies to enforce stricter guidelines for attendance. In the current version, a student is required to have been in attendance 85% of the previous semester to be eligible to participate in athletics--that is the student could be absent up to 13.5 days without consequence. Under the new policy, if approved, a student athlete will be required to be present in accordance with the Attendance policy (policy 4400) in order to remain or be eligible to participate in athletics. The new standard is that when a student athlete has 7 total absences per class per semester the athlete will lose eligibility to participate immediately. This rule change applies to middle and high school student athletes.
In addition to this attendance change, the Board is considering including language that will result in disciplinary action for student athletes found to be using or in possession of tobacco products or items that may be used to ingest nicotine or other controlled substances. Items considered banned that are listed include JUUL pens, e-cigarettes, pocket vapes, pen vaporizers, box mod vaporizers, POD MODS, etc. Consequences for violations of this new rule will be listed in the Code of Student Conduct and include a minimum of ISS at an off-site facility and a restriction from athletic participation until the ISS or any disciplinary action is completed and a mandatory attendance of a Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco cessation program.
For additional information about these changes please contact your student's principal or Central Office.