CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Students transferring between public and private schools are on a level playing field following the approval of an updated West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC) rule.
During its June 2012 meeting, West Virginia Board of Education members unanimously approved updates to two polices. The first set of changes clarified middle school enrollment and team membership; student eligibility to practice; and the terms under which an individual must be removed from an event if a violation occurs.
The approved changes will also place all students attending WVSSAC member schools on equal footing in regard to attendance zones and transfers. A Monongalia County Circuit judge invalidated current rules governing student transfers in a December 2011 decision that said the WVSSAC does not treat public and private member schools the same in considering certain types of transfers. Now, after the ninth grade year, all students will be entitled to one transfer back to a member school within his or her residential attendance zone regardless of whether that school is a public or non-public school.
Each year, the principals of WVSSAC member schools submit revisions to the rules and regulations. The submitted proposals are presented and voted upon at the annual Board of Control meeting. Any approved changes are then submitted to the West Virginia State Board of Education for its review and final approval.
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