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2431 Policy_Interscholastic Athletics

The Board of Education recognizes the value to the District and to the community of a program of interscholastic
athletics for as many students as feasible.
 
The program of interscholastic athletics should provide students the opportunity to exercise and test their athletic
abilities in a context greater and more varied than that which can be offered by a school or the School District alone.
 
The program should foster the growth of school loyalty with the student body as a whole and stimulate community
interest in athletics.
 
Game activities and practice sessions should provide many opportunities to teach the values of competition and
good sportsmanship.
 
The Board believes that it is the purpose of an interscholastic program to provide the benefits of an athletic
experience to as large a number of students as feasible within the District.
 
Since the primary purpose of the athletic program is to enhance the education of participating students as
indicated in this policy, the Board places top priority on maximum student participation and the values of good
sportsmanship, team play, and fair competition, rather than on winning, particularly at sub-varsity levels. The
Superintendent is to develop procedures for coaches to follow which will ensure that as many students as possible
have the opportunity to play so they have the opportunity to benefit from the learning experience.
 
The Board further adopts those eligibility standards set by the Constitution of the Wisconsin Interscholastic
Athletic Association (WIAA) and shall review such standards annually to ascertain that they continue to be in
conformity with the objectives of this Board.
 
The Wauwatosa School District views participation in the District’s interscholastic athletic program as a benefit
of a strong integrated academic and extracurricular program. Participation in a well-directed athletic program
can open the door for students to opportunities, training, and experiences not available in the academic
curriculum alone.

While the District encourages students to participate in the athletic program, it recognizes that the additional
time, training and practice required of a student athlete are accompanied by higher expectations for such
students in all areas. Wauwatosa athletes are expected to conduct themselves at all times and in all places in a
manner which will bring credit to themselves, their classmates, school and community.

Interscholastic athletic programs will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the District’s Athletic
Code of Conduct. The Athletic Code of Conduct outlines the rules, responsibilities, expectations, consequences
and appeals process for violations for all student athletes in the Wauwatosa School District. Student athletes
and their parents will receive a copy of this document annually and students will be expected to adhere to the
outlined expectations at all times. Athletic directors and school administrators will follow the procedures in the
Athletic Code of Conduct for communicating expectations to students and parents, and for investigating and
taking action on any referrals for violation of the code.

The District does not discriminate in access to extracurricular activities or in the administration of disciplinary
actions on the basis of sex, race, religion, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, pregnancy, marital or
parental status or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability.

The Superintendent shall develop appropriate administrative procedures for the operation of the Athletic
Program and a Code of Conduct for those who participate. Such procedures should provide for the following
safeguards:

    A. Prior to enrolling in the sport, each participant shall submit to a thorough physical examination by a
        physician and parents shall report any past or current health problems along with a physician's statement
        that any such problems have or are being treated and pose no threat to the student's participation.
 
    B. Any student who is found to have a health condition which may be life-threatening to self or others shall not
        be allowed to participate until the situation has been analyzed by medical personnel that has determined the
        conditions under which the student may participate.
 
    C. Any student who incurs an injury requiring a physician's care is to have written approval by a physician
        prior to the student's return to participation.
 
In order to minimize health and safety risks to student-athletes and maintain ethical standards, school personnel,
coaches, athletic trainers, and lay coaches should never dispense, supply, recommend, or permit the use of any
drug, medication, or food supplement solely for performance-enhancing purposes.
 
The procedures should also provide a set of behavioral expectations for each type of participant. The
Superintendent is authorized to implement suitable disciplinary procedures against those who violate these
sportsmanship expectations.
 
To support the efforts to strengthen sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity, the Board commits itself to:
 
    A. Adopt policies (upon recommendation of the administration) which reflect the District's educational objectives
        and promote the ideals of good sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity;
 
    B. Attend and enjoy school athletic activities, serving as a positive role model and expecting the same from
        parents, fans, participants, coaches, and other school personnel;
 
    C. Support participants, coaches, school administrators, and fans who display good sportsmanship.

120.12(23), Wis. Stats.
P.I. 9.03(1)(h), Wis. Adm. Code
 
Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009
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Shari Weinstock,
Aug 5, 2011, 9:46 AM