Student-athletes at Galesburg (Ill.) High School will not be held to a GPA requirement to maintain eligibility during the upcoming school year. Instead, the student-athletes will need to pass three out of four block classes each week, pass three block classes per term, and show that they’re on schedule to graduate, as outlined in an article in The Register-Mail.
“We do a lot of things to stay on top of our students’ academic progress, and we felt like it was confusing to parents in our community and our kids, because they could pass every single class but they would be deemed ineligible for the next term,” Jeff Flater, the district’s athletic director, told The Register-Mail. “It was confusing for them and it was a bit cumbersome.”
Previously, Galesburg High School held sophomore, junior, and senior student athletes to a 1.75 GPA per term. The new criteria aligns with the state association, which requires that students pass 25 hours of work per week rather than including a GPA requirement.
The code’s updates also include rules for student-athletes who commit crimes of violence. Specifically, student-athletes who are charged with a felony or class A misdemeanor will be suspended until 10 hours of community service are completed (for the first offense).