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HB 1731 Public schools; participation in interscholastic programs by nonpublic school students.
SUMMARY AS INTRODUCED:
Nonpublic school students; participation in interscholastic sports. Directs the Virginia High School League (VHSL -- a "nonprofit corporation founded in Virginia in 1913 to organize and govern interscholastic activities among the public high schools") to provide an exception to its rules addressing enrollment and the eligibility of regular, bona fide students for participation in interscholastic activities. The exception shall provide eligibility for participation in interscholastic sports by any nonpublic school student who is eligible for free tuition in such public school pursuant to § 22.1-5 and shall be limited to participation in interscholastic activities at the school serving the attendance zone in which such student lives.
Current VHSL rules restrict eligibility "to represent the school in any VHSL, Inc.-sponsored interscholastic contest "to a "bona fide student" who is a "full-time student who is in regular attendance and is carrying a schedule of subjects which, if successfully completed, will render him/her scholastically eligible for League participation the ensuing semester" (2004-2005 VHSL Handboook).