School Board approves stricter GPA standards for high school athletes
UPDATE: FEB. 14, 4:46 PM – The Henrico County School Board today voted 4-1 to adopt stricter academic standards for high school athletes, requiring that they maintain 2.0 grade point averages in order to play school-sanctioned sports beginning in the 2013-14 school year.
Three Chopt District representative Diana Winston voted against the item on a technicality, arguing that the standards should have been adopted as new School Board policy rather than merely as updated school system regulations. But she said she strongly supported the tougher standards.
The standards will be implemented next year but will not be enforced until the 2014-15 school year. The phased-in approach is designed to allow athletes and teachers to become familiar with them in preparation for full implementation the following year.
They will require that students maintain either a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher or a GPA of 2.0 or higher in the preceding semester in order to be eligible to play sports. Athletes will be eligible to apply for a one-time waiver that could keep them eligible for one semester only if they do not meet either standard but do meet other system-established guidelines.
Currently, Henrico student athletes are bound only by the Virginia High School League academic requirements, which mandate a minimum 0.7 GPA.
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