8 Code of Conduct / School Rules In order to provide students with a safe environment that encourages learn- ing, schools need to have rules regarding student conduct and behavior. Most students understand that rules are necessary, and they follow them. For the students who don’t follow the rules, there are consequences. Consequences can range anywhere from detention to expulsion. The sever- ity of the consequence generally depends on the seriousness of the offense and the past history of the student involved. While school rules vary, no high school will allow weapons, drugs, violence, smoking, alcohol, or bullying. All students need to take an active role in making their school a safe, invit- ing place to learn. If you ever feel threatened, or if you become aware of a situation that may put you or someone else at risk, tell a teacher, principal, or counselor immediately. Principals and teachers make rules and regulations in order to provide a safe place for students to come and learn. It’s the students, however, who make their school a great place to be. “School rules are common sense. Just follow them.” Josh “It seems to me that school rules are only preparing us for what we’ll have to deal with later.” Megan Eligibility Requirements In addition to state athletic eligibility requirements, many schools have their own requirements that students must meet in order to play a sport. Athletes, for example, may be required to maintain a minimum GPA in a certain number of classes. At many high schools, these same eligibility requirements also apply to students who participate in activities such as cheerleading and student government. If you have a question or concern about eligibility, see your counselor, principal, coach, or athletic director. “I have a friend who didn’t get very good grades at the end of last year. Now he’s ineligible and he can’t play football. He was our best lineman too.” Brad