Henrico, VA—School officials in Henrico are considering enforcing grade point average requirements for student athletes. District leaders say the plan will help kids get prepared for high school and college.
School leaders say the plan would work in the following way: in sixth grade, students would be taught what a GPA is and how it is calculated. In seventh grade, athletes without at least a 2.0 GPA will still be able to practice, but not compete. In eighth grade, any student that wants to participate in school sports would be required to have a "C" average.
Very soon, all student athletes in Henrico high schools will have to maintain a C average, but the rule could soon expand to middle schoolers.
Julie Wolford's son plays soccer at his middle school. She says of the proposed plan, "I think it's great because certainly his school work comes first, and I wanna make sure that he does as well as he can because that's gonna prepare him for college and high school."
Middle School parent Webster Hill agrees. "It just gives them an advantage going into high school and the expectation of what high school sports is all about."
Most of the parents 8News spoke with about the plan are in support of it, even though it would allow coaches to check students' grades every two weeks.
One parent said, "The coaches are there to help the students as well." Another, "I think it's good for the kids to concentrate on the academics studies first."
If the Henrico School Board approves the plan, the pilot year for the program would be the 2013-2014 school year.
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