Coos Bay (KMTR) - Student athletes at Coos Bay's Marshfield High School have some new policies to follow this year. The new rules are aimed at helping those who struggle in the classroom.
In previous years, student athletes had to pass all their classes to participate in sports. But administrators determined the rules too punitive and did not offer enough resources or options for students who make a genuine effort in school, but still struggle.
Under the new policy, students with a "D" or a failing grade in a class will have to come to school on Fridays while the rest of the school—which is on a four-day week—is not in session.
“Yes, we want to hold kids accountable,” said Athletic Director Bryan Trendell. “We want our athletes to be passing their classes. But at the same time, if they are struggling, and we know they're going to, because we've seen it, we need to do something to help them.”
School administrators are working on getting tutors lined up for those Friday sessions.Students in the Friday sessions will also have to follow OSAA rules, and make up for any unexcused absences before they can take the field