CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education is seeking comment on alterations made to two state policies outlining provisions to the rules and regulations of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC) and Standards of High Quality Schools. The board voted during its May meeting to place the policy updates on a 30-day public comment period ending June 13.
Proposed updates to WVSSAC’s rules and regulations include six modifications to current practices. The changes are based on the recommendations from the WVSSAC staff, Constitution and Bylaws Committee and the Board of Control.
The first change allows members of a ninth grade team to be grouped for practice with varsity or junior varsity teams but participation in a varsity or junior varsity scrimmage or game would revoke their eligibility to participate on the ninth grade team.
During the school year as a member of a school team, a student cannot participate or compete in a formally organized non-school team in the same sport. The second update defines participation to include fund raising activities, team picture or tryouts, while the third expresses a student athlete absent from practice for 14 consecutive days for non-medical reasons, not under a doctor’s care, must fulfill all of the 14 days of practice before participating in a game or contest.
The fourth change allows schools to include grade 12 enrollment to determine the classification of schools as AAA, AA or A. The fifth increases the number of eligible quarters to 50 for a student in one season, while the sixth change adds the ability to revoke participation in post season games as punishment for not remaining a part of the game until the end.
Updates to Policy 2322: Standards for High Quality Schools provides a guiding document for teachers implementing the standards. The policy includes a set of expectations that directs and informs their work. Utilizing rubrics, schools will be able to self-assess against seven standards to determine strengths and weaknesses.
The seven standards are positive climate and cohesive culture; school leadership; standards-focused curriculum; instruction and assessments; student support services and family/community connections; educator growth and development; efficient and effective management; and continuous improvement.
Educators, parents and community members are encouraged to review the policies and make suggestions. The policies can be viewed and comments can be submitted by logging onto the West Virginia Department of Education website at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies.
For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.
--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called “Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.
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