Beginning with the second semester of the 2017-2018 school year there will be a new athletic attendance policy in effect.
When determining athletic eligibility for the second semester of the 2017-2018 school year and all subsequent semesters, any absences from the previous semester verified to be excused/lawful by the student’s school will not be considered. Students will forfeit athletic eligibility when unlawful/unexcused absences, out-of-school suspensions, or any combination of unlawful/unexcused absences and out-of-school suspensions during the previous semester exceed ten (10) days. No process will exist to request a waiver of unexcused/unlawful absences or out-of-school suspensions.
All 8 of Onslow County middle schools compete in the Onslow County Middle School Conference.
Middle School athletic eligibility requirements:
- student must be legally enrolled at the school
- student must reside with parent or legal custodian in that school's attendance zone or be assigned to the school by the Board of Education
- student must be in the 7th or 8th grade (6th graders are not eligible to participate in athletics)
- student must meet local and state standards for promotion from the previous grade
- student must have passed a minimum of 4 classes (at least 3 of those must be core courses [Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts] plus 1 Encore class) from the previous semester
- student must have been in attendance for 85% of the school days from the previous semester
- student can only participate in middle school athletics 4 semesters after first entering the 7th grade
- student cannot turn 15 years of age on or before August 31 of the current academic year
- student must receive a medical examination each academic year from a duly licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant
- student and his/her parent must sign the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness form prior to participating in any tryout, practice or contest (a new form must be signed each academic year)
- student cannot have been convicted of a felony, or any criminal offense that would have been a felony if committed by an adult
NOTE: An athlete becomes eligible or ineligible on the first day of the new semester