September 2, 2003
Mike Hayden, Executive Director
WV Secondary Schools Activities Commission
2875 Staunton Turnpike
Parkersburg, West Virginia 26104-7219
Dear Mr. Hayden:
This is to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated July 31, 2003 relative to
eligibility of students for extracurricular activities. Specifically you asked for ?an
interpretation for homeschooled students who have previously attended a public or private school and are now returning from a homeschooled setting.?
As you are aware, by letter dated September 18, 2002, a Superintendent
Interpretation was issued to you which stated:
It is a well-settled principle that a student coming from an
elementary school and entering the sixth grade of a middle
school or the seventh grade of a junior high/high school for the
first time will be eligible even though a GPA has yet to be
established. This student must have a "C" average at the end
of the first semester to remain eligible. The same rule and
reasoning should be applied to a home-schooled student
entering public school for the first time. The home-schooled
student will be eligible and must have a 2.0 GPA at the end of
the first semester to remain eligible.
As a result, any student that has yet to establish a grade point average shall be
immediately eligible for extracurricular activities.
However, your inquiry presents the case of a home school student that had
established a grade point average in secondary school prior to the home school
experience. Again, West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2436.10 is applicable and it
provides at ?3.1.h. that ?A student who has not achieved a 2.0 GPA the previous semester may have his or her eligibility reinstated at midsemester if the student has attained at least a 2.0 GPA for the most recent grading period the current semester and, in cases where grades are not given at midsemester, is continuing to maintain a 2.0 GPA at midsemester.? One needs to look at the last public school semester grade point average to make the initial determination for eligibility. Thereafter, home school students should be treated in the same manner as public school students and have the opportunity to regain eligibility at midsemester as is stated above.
I trust this clarifies the issues presented.
State Superintendent of Schools
cc: Lyn Guy, Superintendent, Monroe County Schools
1 Grade point averages are not calculated for eligibility until the student is enrolled in seventh grade or beyond.
2 See footnote 1, supra.