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CMS may drop attendance requirement for sports, other activities

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is preparing to revise its attendance requirement to play sports and participate in other activities.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is preparing to revise its attendance requirement to play sports and participate in other activities. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

With more and more students taking classes online or off campus, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is preparing to drop its attendance requirement for participation in sports and other extracurricular activities.

If approved, the move would echo a change made by the North Carolina High School Athletics Association in 2014. Dropping the requirement won the approval of all CMS high school principals and half the middle school principals who were polled, the district says.

The revised policy was introduced at Tuesday’s school board meeting, with a public hearing to be held June 21 before the board votes on the change in July. The current policy says students must have at least 85 percent attendance the previous semester to be eligible.

“The proposed change for CMS stems from concerns about how to equitably administer the current rule among students who are increasingly enrolled in different kinds of courses from the traditional teacher-led classes at ‘brick and mortar’ schools, such as virtual classes and dual enrollment at local colleges,” says a synopsis of the action on the agenda.

Ann Doss Helms: 704-358-5033, @anndosshelms

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