Omaha high school students involved in extracurricular activities would have to maintain a 2.0 grade-point average starting in the fall of 2015 under a plan the school board discussed Monday night.
With incoming Superintendent Mark Evans looking on, Omaha Public Schools staff presented the board with a three-phase plan that eventually would require students to pass every class in order to participate in extracurricular activities.
The new nine-member school board peppered staff with questions about the proposal, including how much the plan, including tutoring, would cost the district.
New board President Justin Wayne suggested the 2.0 GPA requirement at a March board committee meeting.
OPS high schools, like other Nebraska public and private high schools, match the eligibility requirements of the Nebraska School Activities Association. Under the rules, a student must earn at least a D in four classes the previous semester. Most OPS students take seven classes each semester.
Phase one of the plan presented Monday night would take place during the 2013-14 school year. Among its requirements:
Student-athletes in grades 10, 11 and 12 with either a GPA below 2.0 or two or more failing grades would be required to attend an academic coaching session until at least the next grading period. Freshman student-athletes would be required to attend an hourlong weekly session whether or not they were participating in sports that semester.
Phase two, which would take place in 2014-15, would require that every student-athlete pass every course that school year.
Phase three, in 2015-16, would make students maintain a 2.0 GPA and a passing grade in every class in order to participate in extracurricular activities.
The OPS staff plans to come back to the board with more data and answers to questions.
Evans, who officially starts with OPS on July 1, didn't publicly comment on the proposal.
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