TURKEYFOOT VALLEY AREA JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

STUDENT/ATHLETE HANDBOOK

 

 

 

 

TURKEYFOOT VALLEY AREA HIGH SCHOOL EXTRACURRICULAR ELIGIBILITY AND TUTORIAL PROGRAM

 

Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege and therefore the Turkeyfoot Valley Area School District has adopted the following standards of academic eligibility.

 

To be eligible for extracurricular activities a pupil must pursue a curriculum defined and approved by the principal as a full-time curriculum.  When 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, P.I.A.A., as well as any local policies established by the local school board.  The pupil must be passing the core academic areas.  Eligibility shall be cumulative from the 15th day of school and reported on a weekly basis.  In cases where a student’s cumulative work for those areas does not as of any Thursday meet the standards provided for in this section, he/she shall be ineligible from the immediately following Sunday through the following Saturday unless the tutorial program policies are followed.

 

In all cases, a student’s work must meet P.I.A.A standards for eligibility.

 

New students must comply with the requirements of the curriculum rules.  The standing required for the preceding, week, the preceding grading period, or the preceding year shall be obtained from the records of the last school which the pupil has attended.

 

Students declared ineligible have the right to an appeal before the high school principal and the faculty member awarding the failing grade.  The final decision in regards to eligibility rests with the high school principal.

 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

 

All activities beyond the regular school day.  Students declared ineligible may continue to practice their activity.

 

TUTORIAL PROGRAM

 

Students attended school primarily to become educated, productive, and well adjusted young adults to the fullest of their individual abilities and talents.  The successful pursuit of academic studies is the most important key to success as an adult.  Everything possible must be done to prepare our young people for adult life.

 

It is proposed that a tutoring program shall be established through which help in any of the four core academic areas shall be available to students who desire it (English-Math-Science-Social Studies).

 

The only prerequisite for tutorial assistance shall be that the student actively participate in classroom activity and not rely solely on the tutoring experience.

 

Teacher (retired or active) shall provide tutoring assistance.  Any other capable tutor could be used only upon the recommendation of the administration and the school board.

 

The tutoring program shall be of special significance for students who participate in extracurricular activities.  If a student’s cumulative average during a nine-week grading period in any of the four core academic areas is a (F), compulsory attendance in the tutorial program will be necessary for continued participation.  Un-excused absence from tutoring will result in the athlete being ineligible for the next week.

 

For students not involved in an extracurricular activity, participation in the tutorial program will be recommended through the guidance office, classroom teacher, parental requests, or student requests.

 

In all tutoring instances, cooperation and strict attendance patterns shall be expected on the part of the student involved.  Failure to comply with these requirements will cause you to be excluded from further participation.

 

GUIDELINES - TUTORING PROGRAM

 


1.                  The responsibility for basic instructions lies with the classroom teacher.  Under no circumstances will the tutoring process be a substitute for regular and conscientious attendance in the classroom.  At no time is the tutor to become responsible for primary teaching.

2.                  Teachers will inform students in their classes who are failing, that their names have been submitted for tutorial assistance.

3.                  Students involved in extracurricular activities who are receiving below a 2.0 overall grade point average must spend a minimum of two days during the week in a tutoring situation.  This is held during activity period.

4.                  Recommendations for student failures must be based on cumulative average, that is, from the first grade of each nine weeks period.

5.                  Students being tutored must sign an attendance sheet.  These attendance sheets will be checked to ensure eligibility of participants. 

 

EXTRACURRICULAR CODE OF ETHICS

 


1.                  Participation in athletics at Turkeyfoot Valley Area High School is a privilege extended to you and is subject to this Code of Ethics.

2.                  Each athlete is required to do his best at all times.  This includes practice sessions as well as in competition.

3.                  Each athlete is required to display proper conduct in school, in the community, at practice sessions, and in competition, that will reflect well on him, his coaches, his parents, and the school.

4.                  Each athlete is required to attend practice sessions regularly.  Being excused from practice should be the discretion of the coach who should be notified in advance.

5.                  Each athlete is fully responsible for all equipment issued him.  It is required that equipment be properly cared for during the time it is in his/her possession.  The student will pay for lost or stolen equipment.

6.                  Each athlete is required to abide by the training rules established by the coach as well as the school district.

7.                  Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege and therefore the Turkeyfoot Valley Area School District has adopted the following standards of academic eligibility.

 

To be eligible for interscholastic athletic competition, a pupil must pursue a curriculum defined and approved by the principal as a 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.  The pupil must be passing at least 4 full-credit subjects, or the equivalent.  Eligibility shall be cumulative from the beginning of a grading period, shall be reported on weekly basis, and shall be filed in the principal’s office.  In cases where a student’s cumulative work from the beginning of the grading period does not as of any Thursday meet the standards provided for in this section, he/she shall be ineligible from the immediately following Sunday through the Saturday immediately following the next Friday as of which his cumulative work from the beginning of the grading period meets the standards provided for this section.  Where a school is closed on a Thursday, for any reason, the principal may, at his election, determine whether the student as of that day meets the standards provided for in this section.

 

In order to be eligible for interscholastic athletics, a pupil must have passes at least 4 full-credit, or the equivalent, during the previous grading period.  Back work may be made up, providing it is in accordance with the regular rules of the school.

 

All student athletes must maintain a 2.0 overall grade point average to be eligible for games.  A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, E=0.

 

1.                  In addition to the above standards of academic eligibility, the Turkeyfoot Valley Area School District has also adopted the following attendance requirement.

 

Students participating in athletics must attend school the entire day of the game or other events unless an excuse is pre-arranged with the principal.  If the student is late to school, he/she will not be eligible for the game that day.  If the student is going to be late for school due to unforeseen circumstances, a parent/guardian must contact the school prior to 8:00.  If there are several “unforeseen” circumstances, the students will be declared ineligible for the day’s game.  The coach is responsible for enforcing this rule.

 

1.                  Each athlete will recognize the authority of his/her coach and the administration over his participation in athletics.  He/she should understand that for reasons of improper conduct, disobedience, low grades, etc., he/she will be expelled or suspended from the squad or disciplined in other ways as seen necessary by the coach or principal.

2.                  Individuals that violate any of the above rules or regulations will automatically relinquish all and any types of honors that have been bestowed upon the team or the individual by the school district.

3.                  Final authority involving athletics rests with the school administration.

 

RULES

 


I.                     Snuff or smoking or use of tobacco in any form

A.                 Shall not practice or participate during the suspension

B.                 Cut from the team

2.         Drugs and Alcohol

            A.        Cut from the squad


3.                  Bus Behavior

A.                 One week suspension

B.                 Cut from the squad

4.                  Skip Practice

            A.        Two weeks suspension


B.                                         Cut from the squad

4.                                          Unbecoming Conduct

            A.        Cut from the squad

3.                                          In-School Suspension

            A.        Must serve penalty, then return to game or practice.

7.         Hair

            A.        Neatness as well as the health factor and safety of the team is taken into consideration.

 

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR ATHLETIC TEAMS AND

CHEERLEADING SQUADS

 


1.                  If you miss a practice the night prior to a scheduled game, the coach reserves the right to suspend you for an indefinite amount of time.  However, you will be expected to attend the game with the team or squad, you will not dress, and you will be expected to sit with the team or squad.  Exceptions: If the absence is excused by the coach prior to practice due to illness, doctor’s excuse or anything that would be considered an excused absence by the Student Handbook.

2.                  If you are caught smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, drugs, chewing tobacco, rubbing snuff, to or from a school sponsored event, (this includes practice), the participants will be suspended from game participation for a period of one week for the first offense.  The second offense you will be ineligible to play for the remainder of the season.  A report will be turned into the school after each offense, and all Student Handbook rules will apply.

3.                  Technical Fouls/Unsportsmanlike Conduct - Any Technical foul or unsportsmanlike conduct penalties called upon a student that involves use of profanity, vulgarity, or other gestures towards a coach or official or audience, will result in automatic one game suspension, second offense two game suspension and third offense will be automatic suspension from the team. *If you receive a technical foul for any other reason you will sit out the next quarter for first offense, two quarters for second offense, third technical you will sit out the next game.  (This sentence refers to reported flagrant fouls only.)

4.                  You will not be permitted to ride home from any game with anyone but a parent or family member.  The coach must verify this.  You are permitted to leave with someone else if you bring a permission slip from your parents to the coach or Athletic Director the day before the game so it may be verified.  No notes will be accepted at the game.

5.                  Regarding the bus ride to and from a game as to music, talking, cheerleaders and players sitting together, and where we stop to eat, will be left to the discretion of the individual coaches.

6.                  Fighting among teammates will result in a one game suspension for persons involved.  (Refer to number 3 above or second and third offense) other fighting will be referred to the Student Handbook.

7.                  It goes without saying, that you will be expected to conduct yourselves as ladies and gentlemen, to and from games, at all home and away games, and at any restaurant that is chosen, and that all Student Handbook rules will apply.

8.                  We encourage all students to be at practice on time.  Students who are continuously late are being disrespectful to teammates and coaches.  The coaches/advisor will handle this at their discretion and inform the principal.

9.                  The principal has final say so in all disciplinary actions involving students in extracurricular activities.

10.             In addition to the above, all SCHOOL RULES will be in effect.

11.             Pennsylvania Law Provisions Affecting Athletic Eligibility of Students Using Anabolic Steroids.

 

Pennsylvania Act 1989-93 requires the Board of School Directors (“School Board”) in every PA school district to prescribe, adopt, and enforce rules and regulations to prohibit the use of anabolic steroids, except for a valid medical purpose, by any pupil involved in school-related athletics.

 

The Act also requires the School Board to prescribe the following minimum penalties for any pupil found in violation of the rules and regulations adopted by the School Board:

2.                  For a first violation, suspension from school athletics for the remainder of the season.

3.                  For a second violation, suspension from school athletics for the remainder of the season and for the following season.

4.                  For the third violation, permanent suspension from school athletics.

 

A student who has been suspended for violation of the School Board regulations shall not be eligible to resume participation in school athletics unless there has been a medical determination that no residual of steroids exists.

 

The penalties which the law requires School Boards to adopt are minimum penalties.  More severe penalties may be adopted by individual school districts, and the actual penalties may therefore vary from school district to school district.

 

 

**YOU ARE A STUDENT FIRST, GRADES AS WELL AS BEHAVIOR MUST BE MAINTAINED, BOTH ON AND OFF THE FIELD, AS WELL AS IN SCHOOL.

 

**YOU REPRESENT THE TURKEYFOOT VALLEY JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, THE COMMUNITIES, YOUR PARENTS, AND ABOVE ALL YOURSELVES.  CARRY YOURSELF IN SUCH A MANNER TO SHOW POISE AND SPORTSMANSHIP.

 

 

Please return this sheet to your coach or the athletic director.

 

 

 

 

 

DATE _____________________________________

                                                      

 

SPORT ____________________________________    

                                                       

 

*SIGNATURE OF PARTICIPANT _______________________________________   

                                                                             

 

*SIGNATURE OF PARENT ____________________________________________                                                                                            

 

*BY SIGNING, THE STUDENT, PARENT/GUARDIAN AGREE TO ADHERE TO THE ATHLETIC CODE OF ETHICS, THE TURKEYFOOT VALLEY AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES, THE P.I.A.A. RULES AND REGULATIONS, AND BY-LAWS.