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New policy affects transfer students' athletic eligibility

By Jennifer Jackson Published: August 22, 2007
NORMAN — Transferring from one school to another to play sports will become more difficult under a new policy approved Monday by the Norman school board.

The decision to approve the portion of the intradistrict policy regulating student athletes brought the district in line with Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association rules, Superintendent Joe Siano said. The changes will take effect Jan. 1.

Before the policy change, students could transfer and still be eligible for sports, said Norman athletic director Frank Thompson.

"The changes make it tougher to go from one school to another to play athletics,” Thompson said.

The new policy states that if a high school student is approved for a transfer to another Norman high school, he or she is ineligible for all sports for one calendar year, beginning the first day the student attends class at the new school.

The policy also says that if a transferred student athlete goes back to his or her original school within the same school year, the student loses athletic eligibility for 90 school days.

Students who transfer are allowed to participate in athletic practice sessions.

"We're trying to bring our policy more in line with other multi-high school districts in the 6A division,” Siano said.

Board members also approved changes in the district's policy regarding the distribution of materials in "Thursday Folders” at each of the elementary schools.

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