INDIANAPOLIS — A letter sent to member schools late last week appears as if high school student-athletes that are taking online courses to start the fall semester will still be able to participate in sports.
The IHSAA by law change says that if a school is offering virtual or online courses this fall semester, and that class is taught by personnel of that member school, they can still participate in sports.
While opening that door, the IHSAA also left it closed by saying that “...local control decision-making permits a school to set a requirement above the standard set forth by the IHSAA. For instance, a school may still require in-building attendance for athletic participation.”
Locally Plymouth schools had initiated a policy of not allowing those that chose an e-learning option from participation in extracurricular activities. Given the IHSAA statement, Plymouth schools took the option of being in line with the IHSAA.
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