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What Every School Board Member Should Know About the VHSL

What Every School Board Member Should Know About the VHSL

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  1. What Every School Board Member Should Know About the VHSL • Mission Statement: The Virginia High School League is an alliance of Virginia’s public high schools that promotes education, leadership, sportsmanship, character and citizenship for students by establishing and maintaining high standards for school activities and competitions • The VHSL is a service organization • The VHSL is a voluntary, not-for-profit corporation similar in many respects to VSBA

  2. Organization • History: Founded in 1913 • Membership: 316 schools • Executive Committee: 28 voting members • Staff: 12 full-time, 3 part-time • Public/Private/Home school

  3. Meetings • Districts and Regions • Group Boards and Membership • Executive Committee • Area Eligibility • Rules Clinics • Special Committees

  4. Governance • Amendments • Executive Committee • Membership Review

  5. Rules and Policies • Handbook • Principal’s Responsibility • Individual Eligibility (Transfer, Scholarship, Semester, Age, etc.) • School Rules (Out-of-season Practice, Contest Limitations, Sunday Rule, Coaches Rule, etc.)

  6. Appeals, Violations and Penalties • Due Process • Self-reporting • Fines, Forfeiture, Warning, Probation, Suspension

  7. Sportsmanship • Expectations • Incidents • Recognitions

  8. Programs and Services • Athletics: 27 Sports • Academics: 8 Activities • 200,000 Student Participants • 92 State Championships • Officiating, Coaches Education, Sports Medicine, Student Leadership, Scholarships, Recognitions • Information (Clearinghouse) and Technology (www.vhsl.org)

  9. Current Issues • Homeschool Access • Redistricting & Reclassification (R&R) • Safety: Concussions& Weight Control • Coaches Education • Strategic Planning • 100th Anniversary

  10. Homeschool Concerns • Not even enrolled • Academic disparity • Mandated; no local approval or standards • Displacement of public school students • Creation of “elite” group with separate (lesser) standards

  11. Homeschool, continued • What about discipline? • What about costs? • Who is next? Private, independent schools; religious exemption • Other states: majority still do not allow access • What about SOLs?

  12. Economy and Finances • Region and State Events • Dues and Fees (Registration) • Corporate Sponsors • VHSL Foundation (Endowment)

  13. Q & A • What’s on your mind? • Building Better Citizens Through Student Activities • Creating Lifetime Opportunities Through Student Activities