KSHSAA will allow students enrolled online-only to compete

Start date for practice remains undecided
Posted at 7:07 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 20:07:20-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas students enrolled in at least five classes for the 2020-21 academic year will be eligible for high school activities, even if they choose the virtual learning option.

The Kansas State High School Activities Association announced the decision Wednesday, noting that all other eligibility requirements also must be satisfied for participation.

Only students participating in online learning through their school district will be eligible.

“Students choosing to attend third party virtual schools (non-member) this fall and not maintaining dual enrollment in their base school will not be eligible this year and will be subject to transfer rules upon return,” KSHSAA said in announcing the eligibility rules for the upcoming school year.

Practice for the fall season is scheduled to begin Aug. 17, but KSHSAA staff is conducting a survey of superintendents in Kansas to determine when most schools actually plan to start.

The start date for athletics might be adjusted, depending on the results of that survey.

“It is anticipated this survey, review, and determination by the Executive Board would be completed early next week,” KSHSAA said in an update provided Wednesday afternoon.

KSHSAA also has published general health and safety guidelines for social distancing, mask use and other policies.