The Beachwood Board of Education approved a measure to raise the academic eligibility standards for athletes at Monday's meeting.
Beachwood City Schools raised the bar above the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s, requiring that students achieve a 2.0 GPA in the preceding quarter and no failing grades.
The proposed standards would allow athletes who raise their grades four weeks after the start of the season to participate.
Beachwood High School teacher Evan Luzar repeated his concern that the standards may not allow C-average students to participate.
The standards are effective fall quarter of 2012, so athletes’ spring quarter grades will determine their eligibility for fall sports.
The Ohio High School Athletic Association mandates that athletes pass five classes in the previous quarter to participate in sports. This means students can fail some classes to participate, and there is no grade point average requirement.