On Thursday, plans moved forward to enforce a GPA requirement for middle school student athletes. The Henrico School Board just received the newest details on the plan.
So far, the committee in charge of organizing all the details says they've met with coaches and principals, who support this idea.
If this gets school board approval, middle school student athletes would have to maintain a 2.0 GPA next year - that's about a 'C' average.
This is the plan so far: in the sixth grade, students will be notified about the requirement; by seventh grade, they must have a 2.0 GPA, if they don't they can try out and practice but not play; by eighth grade, the student has to have a 2.0 GPA in order to participate at all.
This move by the school system is coming just weeks after they approved the same GPA requirement for high school student athletes in the county.
The pilot year for both programs is scheduled for next school year and disciplinary action will be enforced the year after that.
"The real goal here is to make sure that students are successful and performing higher in school, it's certainly not meant to be a barrier to keep them playing," said Dave Myers, director of Henrico secondary education.
One idea presented was to have tutors come in for half of the practice to make sure students who are falling behind get back on track with their studies. Another part of plan says grade checks would be conducted every two weeks.
The superintendent is asking for the school board to approve this GPA change at the next meeting in April.
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