Most Beaufort County middle and high school student athletes have maintained their academic eligibility to play their sports despite stricter requirements that took effect this school year.
Ninety-three percent of the student athletes met the minimum 2.0 GPA requirement that was set by the Board of Education in 2011, according to a news release. Only one other S.C. school district has a similar requirement: Richland District 1.
Under the policy, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA -- a "C" average -- in order to continue participating in sports. After-school tutoring is required for students who are struggling to meet that requirement. Students who have a GPA of less than 2.0 at the end of a semester are ineligible to play sports during subsequent semesters until they raise their grades and keep them up for a full semester.
The policy is based on previous semester's grades, not cumulative GPA.
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