BHS Co-Curricular Handbook

PHILOSOPHY

Brillion High School sponsors co-curricular activities to provide students with additional opportunities for personal growth, self-discipline, skill development, cooperation with others, creativity and fun. The co-curricular program is a valuable part of the total education experience.

GENERAL PARTICIPATION RULES STATEMENT

Brillion High School provides opportunities for the individual student, but as with all opportunities each student as a member of a co-curricular activity is representing our school and his/her actions both on the team and throughout the community will determine how the school is judged by the public. It is the hope of the school that the student's conduct will be exemplary at all times, and that he/she will follow the activity's rules and display good behavior at all times.

An athlete is defined as any boy or girl who joins an interscholastic athletic team, acts as a manager or serves as a cheerleader for that team. Participation is limited to one membership per season. Membership with each team continues until the Awards Night for that respective sport.

An activity participant is defined as any boy or girl who joins school co-curricular activities described in categories II, III and IV. Membership with each activity continues until the co-curricular activity is officially concluded including an awards night.

The school has set standards of conduct that each student is expected to follow. These rules are in effect the entire calendar year (12 Months). Any violation of these rules will affect every activity the student is currently participating in, or if the violation occurs out of season, it will apply to the next activity or activities in which the student participates.

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

It is the policy of the Brillion School District that no person may be denied admission to any public school in this district or be denied participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any curricular, co-curricular, pupil service, recreational, or other program or activity because of the person's sex, race, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parent status, sexual orientation or physical, mental/emotional or learning disability or handicap as required by Section 119.12, Wisconsin Statutes. This policy also prohibits discrimination as defined by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 (sex), Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (race and national origin), and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The school district encourages information resolution of complaints under this policy in the Brillion Public School District. Any questions concerning this policy should be directed to the District Administrator.

ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY

A student who earns one or more "F's" will be ineligible for all activities, competitions and scrimmages; however, the student is eligible to practice for the next 15 school days. On the 16th school day, a grade verification sheet shall be distributed by the high school office to the faculty and must be returned to the High School Principal by 3:15 the same day. If all courses are passing and the student has a GPA of 1.67, the student will again be eligible to compete. If not, the student will be ineligible and will not practice or compete for the remainder of the nine-week grading period. The student that regained eligibility on the 16th school day of the quarter will then have a grade verification sheet filled out by the faculty on the 31st school day. If any student is failing any class and has not attained a GPA of 1.67, he/she cannot practice and cannot regain eligibility until the beginning of the next quarter.

If a student is ineligible at the time of tryouts, the student will be allowed to try out, and then join the activity after being suspended for the appropriate amount of time or regain academic eligibility.

Any incomplete will be treated as a failure until it is made up unless the teacher of the course involved signs a statement saying the student's incomplete was due to illness or injury and not due to student neglect.

Academic eligibility for Exceptional Educational Need (EEN) and At Risk students may be based upon their satisfactorily meeting the requirements of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) and upon the joint decision of the principal and the student's primary teachers.

According to WIAA regulations "when the earliest allowed WIAA game/meet takes place before the first day of classes at a school, the maximum ineligibility period shall be the less of: a). 21 consecutive calendar days beginning with the date of the earliest allowed competition in a sport; or b). one-third of the maximum number of games/meets allowed in a sport (rounded up if one-third results in a fraction)."

The following chart will be used:

VOLLEYBALL
Minimum Ineligibility Period: 21 days or: 5 meets

FOOTBALL
Minimum Ineligibility Period: 21 days or: 3 games

CROSS COUNTRY
Minimum Ineligibility Period: 21 days or: 4 meets

ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY SCHOOL CANCELLATION/POSTPONEMENT

Ineligibility will begin at 3:15 p.m. on the day grades are due in the high school office. Eligibility will be restored at 3:15 p.m. on the day grades are due in the high school office. The WIAA at the April 23, 1977, Annual Meeting approved a change involving scheduled days of school and eligibility. "This change allows a school to count a scheduled school which was postponed due to weather, etc., toward meeting the ineligibility requirement." This change will apply to all co-curricular activities.

STUDENTS COVERED BY THE CO-CURRICULAR CODE

This co-curricular code applies to all students participating I a Category I, II, III and IV activity and managers and student trainers for Category I Activity.

CATEGORY I

This area includes those activities where involvement in the activity occurs outside the regular school day and is competitive in nature. The focus for competition is interscholastic and participants are understood to be any student involved in the activity. Examples are:

Football Basketball Boys' Baseball Volleyball

Wrestling Girls' Softball Cross Country Track

Pom Pon Golf Swimming

CATEGORY II

This area includes those activities that, for the most part, are conducted outside the regular school day. These activities involve public performances and are usually judged against a set of standards as opposed to competition against other teams. Examples are:

Jazz Band Musical/Plays Swing Choir Forensics

CATEOGRY III

This category includes those activities whose members are elected or appointed to positions of leadership and public recognition from respective student constituencies. Students in this category are expected to be representative of the values, expectations and ideals espoused by the school. Examples are:

Student Council Prom Court National Honor Society

Badger Girls/Boys Class Officers Homecoming Court

Winter Court

CATEGORY IV

This includes activities in which students volunteer to participate. It is understood that students should be encouraged to become involved in these endeavors. Students must possess the desire to participate and become part of a group. Each advisor will monitor his/her respective group to uphold and maintain reasonable expectations. Examples are:

Varsity Club FCCLA Statisticians/Video Camera Operators

Spanish Club Flags Vocational Indust. Clubs of America

Pep Band National FFA Organization

Solo & Ensemble Art Club Destination Imagination

Academic Contests

CATEGORY I - GENERAL TRAINING RULES

In order to teach good sportsmanship, respect for rules and authority, establish leadership, team pride, teamwork and team discipline, as well as eliminate disruptive influences and disturbances, the following rules are established:

RULES

No Student Shall:
1. Use or possess tobacco products

Violation:
1. The use and/or possession of tobacco products.


No Student Shall:
2. Use or possess alcoholic beverages.

Violation:
2. The use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages.


No Student Shall:
3. Knowingly attend or remain at a social event at which controlled substances are being consumed by underage individuals; if a police report can substantiate that a student was present, but had not purchased or consumed a controlled substance the following penalties will apply:

1st violation: the student will not be allowed to participate in one game - but will be recorded as the 1st violation.

2nd violation: the violation will be treated as a 2nd violation and all penalties will apply

Violation:
3. Attendance or remaining at a social event where controlled substances are being consumed by underage individuals.


No Student Shall:
4. Buy, sell or possess/use illegal drugs.

Violation:
4. Selling, buying or using/possession of illegal drugs.


No Student Shall:
5. Buy, sell or possess/use anabolic steroids or other items on the WIAA banned substance list.

Violation:
5. Selling, buying or using/possession of anabolic steroids or other items on the WIAA banned substance list.


No Student Shall:
6. Engage in any conduct unbecoming to an athlete, which would bring shame, embarrassment or disgrace upon the athlete, team or school.

Violation:
6. Conduct unbecoming to an athlete. (Conduct violations under this provision are to be jointly agreed upon by the athletic director and the principal.)


No Student Shall:
7. Engage in a criminal or unlawful act, including but not limited to theft and vandalism.

Violation:
7. Any participant who commits or is charged by legal authorities with committing a criminal act shall be suspended from all co-curricular activities and referred to the principal for further disposition. This does not apply to municipal ordinance violations (e.g. speeding tickets). Penalties will be administered on a case-by-case basis.


If after a participant is charged with a criminal act and subsequent investigation or court action determines the participant not guilty, all actions of the High School Principal or his/her designee shall negated, the participant returned to his/her activity as a member in good standing, and any award or recognition earned by the participant shall be given to him/her.

CONSEQUENCES OF VIOLATIONS

1ST violation: immediate disclosure*: 15% of the allowed contests for that sport.

1st violation Non-disclosure**: 30% of the allowed contests for that sport.

2nd violation: immediate disclosure**: 30% of the allowed contests for that sport.

2nd violation Non-disclosure**: 50% of the allowed contests for that sport.

*(Upon being confronted the first time)

**Denial of violation at first confrontation and allegation later proves to be true.

3rd violation and all subsequent violations: One calendar year from the date of suspension.

1ST VIOLATION-IMMEDIATE DISCLOSURE
  • Football: 1 game
  • Cross Country: 1 meet
  • Volleyball: 2 scheduled dates
  • Wrestling: 2 scheduled dates
  • Basketball: 3 games
  • Pom Pon: 2 performances
  • Golf: 2 scheduled dates
  • Track: 2 meets
  • Softball: 3 games
  • Baseball: 3 games
  • Swimming; 2 meets
1ST VIOLATION-NON DISCLOSURE
  • Football: 3 games
  • Cross Country: 3 meets
  • Volleyball: 5 scheduled dates
  • Wrestling: 4 scheduled dates
  • Basketball: 7 games
  • Pom Pon: 4 performances
  • Golf: 4 scheduled dates
  • Track: 4 meets
  • Softball: 7 games
  • Baseball: 7 games
  • Swimming: 4 meets
2ND VIOLATION-IMMEDIATE DISCLOSURE
  • Football: 3 games
  • Cross Country: 3 meets
  • Volleyball: 5 scheduled dates
  • Wrestling: 4 scheduled dates
  • Basketball: 7 games
  • Pom Pon: 4 performances
  • Golf: 4 scheduled dates
  • Track: 4 meets
  • Softball: 7 games
  • Baseball: 7 games
  • Swimming: 4 meets
2ND VIOLATION-NON DISCLOSURE
  • Football: 5 games
  • Cross Country: 5 meets
  • Volleyball: 8 scheduled dates
  • Wrestling: 7 scheduled dates
  • Basketball: 11 games
  • Pom Pon: 7 performances
  • Golf: 7 scheduled dates
  • Track: 7 meets
  • Softball: 11 games
  • Baseball: 11 games
  • Swimming:  7 meets

The suspension for freshmen and JV athletes will be calculated using the same percentage as for Varsity athletes.   Any ineligibility not made up is applied to the next sport he/she goes out for. All violations must be made up while an athlete is eligible, present in school and physically able to participate. (Unless injured in practice while the penalty is in effect.) Failure to complete an athletic season when making up a suspension will result in the suspension being applied to the next activity the student is involved in.

Suspension includes all team activities except practice, which student athletes must attend during the time of the suspension. Team activities include pep assemblies, games, scrimmages and parades.

The reinstatement shall occur the calendar day following the completion of the suspension.

Students who have been suspended are not eligible for special team awards and conference awards for the season in which the suspension was served. However, the athlete is eligible for recognition at the awards program and may receive a letter if the requirements for that letter are fulfilled.

Eastern Wisconsin Confernce guidelines state that any athletic suspension will automatically eliminate an athlete from becoming a candidate for the Olympian Conference Scholar Athlete Award.

The athlete, the athletic director and the high school principal must meet to discuss the violation and the provisions of the suspension and remedies. The meeting will be held before the athlete may return to practice.

TRAVELING REGULATIONS

All Brillion High School athletes must ride with the squad to and from an athletic contest. Special permission may be granted by the Principal or coach of the sport for a student to ride with his/her parent if written permission is obtained from the students' parents. Parents will be allowed to only transport their own son/daughter. Failure to comply will result in the athlete being suspended from the contest.

Athletes traveling with the team are to conduct themselves in a manner, which brings honor and credit to Brillion High School. Athletes are to adhere to all rules and regulations as established for safety when riding in a school approved vehicle.

STUDENT ATTENDANCE

Coaches are to check the absence list each morning. The athlete must be in attendance in school hours 6,7, and 8 to practice on that given day. The principal will handle all excuses and determine the validity of the excuse.

Athletes medically excused from physical education on a given day may not participate in a practice or game on that day.

In the event an athletic contest falls on a day followed by a school day, our athletes must be in school the entire day following the event. Absence on the day following may eliminate the student athlete from the next regularly scheduled contest. The Principal will handle all excuses and determine their validity.

CATEGORY II

1ST violation - Immediate disclosure*: The participant will be suspended from the activity for one day of performances as determined by administration.

1ST violation - Non disclosure*: The participant will be suspended from the activity for three days of performances as determined by administration.

2nd violation - Immediate disclosure*: The participant will be suspended from the activity for three days of performances as determined by administration.

2nd violation - Non disclosure*: The participant will be suspended from the activity for five days of performances as determined by administration.

3rd violation and all subsequent violations: One calendar year from the date of suspension, reinstatement must be approved by the high school Principal.

*Upon being confronted the first time.

**Denial of violation at first confrontation and allegation later found to be true.

When a student who has a leading role in either the play or the musical faces behavioral consequences, the entire cast, crew and production staff will also be paying a stiff price. If a student with a principal role is forbidden from performing in one performance as a consequence for behaviors, the show will most likely need to be cancelled and rescheduled for an additional performance time. The student(s) involved will then incur all expenses for the schedule change. Expenses will vary depending upon the show, but possible expenses could be:

-Additional rental, publicity and royalty fees

-Additional money for costume rental

-Additional money for rental of misc stage needs (fog machine, lights, sound equipment, scripts, etc.)

*A show that is cancelled due to a code violation by a student holding a principal role will count as a missed show and will fulfill the punishment of this code.

VIII.Categories III and IV

1st violation -A consequence will be determined by the coach/advisor and the high school Principal.

2nd violation -Suspension for four weeks (20 school days) from the date of suspension from all co-curricular participation.

3rd violation and all subsequent violations: One calendar year from date of suspension. Reinstatement must come from the high school Principal.

IX. MultiActivity/Categorical Involvement

Many students are involved in more than one activity at any given time during the school year. This section's purpose is to clarify the terms of suspension for students involved in more than one co-curricular activity in categories I and/or II.

In Season Violations: Students will be suspended from each in-season activity for the number of contests of performances as stated.

Out of Season Violations: Students will be suspended from all Categories I and II activities as stated at the earliest possible date.

Categories III and IV: Any consequences issued to students involved in Categories III and IV activities will be enforced independently of consequences for the same offense in other co-curricular activities.

X. Special Notes

  1. This code goes into effect when the student begins participation in grades 9-12 co-curricular activities.
  2. Violations between seasons will be applied to the next contest/activity.
  3. A student cannot participate in scrimmages; however, it does not count as one of the scheduled suspension contests.
  4. During a period of suspension, the student shall be required to attend all practices and team functions to maintain his/her status as a team member, as determined by the coach or advisor.
  5. If a student is participating in more than one co-curricular activity at a time, the full consequences will apply to each activity.
  6. The minimum penalty for acts, which occur after a school begins WIAA Tournament competition, is immediate disqualification of the student for the remainder of the total tournament series of that sport.
  7. For violations that occur during the summer months, the appropriate penalty will begin for all fall activities on the first day of practice of the applicable activity/sport season.
  8. Any school disciplinary action, i.e., social probation, will be carried over from activity to activity.
  9. If a student is ineligible at the time of try-outs, the student will be allowed to try out, and then join the team/activity after being suspended for the appropriate amount of time.
  10. Violations of the Code will accumulate during the student's high school career. However, a student who completes one year without a violation earns back his/her status prior to the last violation.
  11. Conduct in school or at school related activities should not discredit the student, school, team or organization. All situations will be handled at the discretion of the coach/advisor or high school Principal. In cases where disciplinary situations mayarise the advisor will confer with the high school Principal.

XI.Guidelines For Determine When A Violation Has Occurred

A violation has occurred when the high school Principal receives: A police report, admission of the student or a signed report of the circumstances surrounding the violation submitted by a person who witnessed the violation. The principal will investigate and inform the student of the alleged violation. For immediate disclosure, the penalty in the Code will be enforced at that point in time.

For non-disclosure, a hearing with the high school principal, coach/advisor, Athletic Director if an athlete is involved and the student will be held to further investigate the alleged violation. The student's parents and/or legal counsel may attend the hearing if they so desire. The high school Principal will take appropriate action based on the decision of this hearing and any penalty in the Code will be enforced at that point in time.

XII.Appeals Procedure for Students

If the student is not satisfied with the decision, he/she may appeal in writing his/her case to the Co-Curricular Review Board within three school days of the decision.

Present at the hearing shall be the Co-Curricular Review Board, the student, his/her parents or guardian and other persons as deemed necessary by the Principal. The Co-Curricular Review Board shall consist of the Athletic Director; two coaches/advisors selected by the Principal and shall be chaired by the high school Principal. The decision reached at the hearing will be put in writing and a copy will be mailed within three (3) days to his/her parents or guardian.

Decisions of the Co-Curricular Review Board may be further appealed by the student in writing to the District Administrator and a date shall be established within seven (7) days after receipt of the written appeal.

If it is not settled at the District Administrator level, a request for a hearing before the Board of Education is the next step. This request is to be made in writing to the Board of Education President within seven (7) days after the previous hearing. This hearing will occur at the next regularly scheduled board meeting, unless the President convenes a special meeting for the purpose of this hearing. Decisions related to WIAA rules may be appealed to the WIAA Board of Control.

During this appeal procedure, the participant will be under suspension for his/her violation.