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Board approves revisions to policy

June 22, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

High school students who participate in extracurricular activities have one more reason to do well in school.

The Washington County Board of Education voted on second reading Tuesday night to approve revisions to a policy that sets eligibility standards for students involved in after-school activities.

According to the policy, students who take fewer than four credits in a grading period must pass all their classes to be allowed to participate in activities the following grading period.

The policy always has disqualified students who fail two or more classes. That rule stays in effect for students with four or more credits.

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The policy does not apply to freshmen participating in activities during their first grading period of high school.

Board member Wayne Ridenour, who spoke against the policy when it was first introduced at a board meeting earlier this month, again voted against the revisions. Ridenour has said the policy could discourage students from taking challenging courses, and it might take away opportunities that keep them in school.

The policy passed 4-1.

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