Interscholastic athletic contest eligibility, 36.15
Notice of Intended Action
Proposing rule making related to interscholastic athletic contest eligibility and providing an opportunity for public comment
The State Board of Education hereby proposes to amend Chapter 36, "Extracurricular Interscholastic Competition," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 256.7(5).
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, 2021 Iowa Acts, House File 847.
Purpose and Summary
2021 Iowa Acts, House File 847, makes changes to athletic eligibility for certain transfer situations. This proposed rule making incorporates those changes. This proposed rule making also makes changes in light of current family law practice.
This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the State Board for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to 281—Chapter 4.
Any interested person may submit written or oral comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written or oral comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m. on July 20, 2021. Comments should be directed to:
Department of Education
Grimes State Office Building, Second Floor
400 East 14th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0146
A public hearing at which persons may present their views orally or in writing will be held as follows:
July 20, 2021
10 to 10:30 a.m.
Grimes State Office Building
Des Moines, Iowa
Persons who wish to make oral comments at the public hearing may be asked to state their names for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of this proposed rule making.
Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special requirements, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the Department and advise of specific needs by calling 515.281.5295.
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
The following rule-making actions are proposed:
Item 1. Amend subparagraph 36.15(3)"a"(1) as follows:
(1)Upon a contemporaneous change in parental residence, a student is immediately eligible if the student transfers to the new district of residence or to an accredited nonpublic member or associate member school located in the new school district of residence. In addition, if with a contemporaneous change in parental residence, the student had attended an accredited nonpublic member or associate member school immediately prior to the change in parental residence, the student may have immediate eligibility if the student transfers to another accredited nonpublic member or associate member school. For purposes of this subparagraph, a contemporaneous change in parental residence includes a change in a student's residence from the residence of one parent or guardian to the residence of a different parent or guardian.
Item 2. Amend subparagraph 36.15(3)"a"(4) as follows:
(4)Pursuant to Iowa Code section 256.46, a student whose residence changes due to any of the following circumstances is immediately eligible provided the student meets all other eligibility requirements in these rules and those set by the school of attendance:
1. to 8. No change.
9.The child's former school or school district, if located in this state, was unable to participate in varsity interscholastic sports as the result of a decision or implementation of a decision of the school board or superintendent.
Item 3. Amend subrule 36.15(4) as follows:
36.15(4) Open enrollment transfer rule. A student in grades 9 through 12 whose transfer of schools had occurred due to a request for open enrollment by the student's parent or guardian is ineligible to compete in interscholastic athletics during the first 90 school days of transfer except that a student may participate immediately if the student is entering grade 9 for the first time and did not participate in an interscholastic athletic competition for another school during the summer immediately following eighth grade. The period of ineligibility applies only to varsity level contests and competitions. ("Varsity" means the highest level of competition offered by one school or school district against the highest level of competition offered by an opposing school or school district.) If a pupil is declared ineligible for interscholastic athletic contests and athletic competitions in the pupil's district of residence due to the pupil's academic performance, upon participating in open enrollment, in addition to any other period of ineligibility under this rule, the pupil shall be ineligible in the receiving district for the remaining period of ineligibility declared by the district of residence. This period of ineligibility does not apply if the student:
a. Participates The student participates in an athletic activity in the receiving district that is not available in the district of residence; or
b. Participates The student participates in an athletic activity for which the resident and receiving districts have a cooperative student participation agreement pursuant to rule 281—36.20(280); or
c. Has The student has paid tuition for one or more years to the receiving school district prior to making application for and being granted open enrollment; or
d. Has The student has attended in the receiving district for one or more years prior to making application for and being granted open enrollment under a sharing or mutual agreement between the resident and receiving districts; or
e. Has The student has been participating in open enrollment and whose the student's parents/guardians move out of their district of residence but exercise either the option of remaining in the original open enrollment district or enrolling in the new district of residence. If the student has established athletic eligibility under open enrollment, it is continued despite the parent's or guardian's change in residence; or
f. Has The student has not been participating in open enrollment, but utilizes open enrollment to remain in the original district of residence following a change of residence of the student's parent(s). If the student has established athletic eligibility, it is continued despite the parent's or guardian's change in residence; or
g. Obtains The student obtains open enrollment due to the dissolution and merger of the former district of residence under Iowa Code subsection section 256.11(12); or
h. Obtains The student obtains open enrollment due to the student's district of residence entering into a whole-grade sharing agreement on or after July 1, 1990, including the grade in which the student would be enrolled at the start of the whole-grade sharing agreement; or
i. Participates The student participates in open enrollment and the parent/guardian is an active member of the armed forces and resides in permanent housing on government property provided by a branch of the armed services; or
j. Open The student open enrolls from a district of residence that has determined that the student was previously subject to a founded incident of harassment or bullying as defined in Iowa Code section 280.28 while attending school in the district of residence.; or
k. The student participates in open enrollment because of circumstances that meet the definition of "good cause" under Iowa Code section 282.18(4)"b"; or
l. The board of directors or superintendent of the district of residence issues or implements a decision that results in the discontinuance or suspension of varsity interscholastic sports activities in the district of residence; or
m. The board of directors of the district of residence and the board of directors of the receiving district both agree to waive the ineligibility period; or
n. For open enrollment applications approved for the school year beginning July 1, 2021, the student's district of residence had a voluntary diversity plan in effect on January 1, 2021, and applicable to the school year beginning July 1, 2021.
Item 4. Adopt the following new implementation sentence in 281—Chapter 36: