The following guidelines apply to all Long Trail students interested in participating in athletics, theater and other school-sponsored extracurricular activities. Please refer to the appropriate sections for policies specific to athletics and theater.
Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege that is earned by students. Students must meet certain academic, behavioral, physical (for athletes) and Vermont Principals Association’s (VPA) guidelines to participate.
Student athletes and actors must have a grade of 70 or higher in individual courses and an overall average of 73 or higher in all courses combined. Eligibility is determined by the final grade indicated on report cards received at the close of the period immediately preceding the relevant sports/activity season.
Student athletes and actors must maintain good academic standing on a daily basis. A student may be withheld from one or several rehearsals, practices, competitions, meetings, or activities for academic underachievement.
If a student is not initially eligible, after a minimum of one week into the new quarter, the student may petition the Athletic Director/Theater Director. A plan of action will be created to ensure the student is in good academic standing; the plan will establish a timeline for return to eligibility.
A student who is found to be ineligible may be allowed to participate after a minimum of one week if certain conditions are met as determined by the Dean of Academics and Athletic Director.
Students ineligible due to a grade of “Incomplete” may participate after completion of the work and provided they meet all other eligibility requirements and the conditions stated above.
An academically ineligible student may appeal to the Dean of Academics if s/he feels the grade(s) is unfair or inaccurate. Appeals must be made by the student and/or parent/guardian within five days of the reported grade.
Students must be in attendance for a minimum of 3 hours to be eligible to practice, rehearse, compete or perform on any given day. Students are also expected to be present and on time for school the day after a competition or performance. If these policies are violated, a student could be suspended from participation in the next scheduled competition or performance.
Vermont Principals Association
VPA eligibility rules apply to all students, both boys and girls, in grades 6-12, and apply to all activities, athletic and non-athletic, sanctioned or sponsored by the VPA, of which Long Trail School is a member.