Florida Senate - 2017                                    SB 1302
       By Senator Gibson
       6-01135A-17                                           20171302__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to private school student
    3         participation in extracurricular activities; amending
    4         s. 1006.15, F.S.; revising the eligibility
    5         requirements for certain private school students to
    6         participate in interscholastic or intrascholastic
    7         sports at specified public schools; providing an
    8         effective date.
   10  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   12         Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (8) of section
   13  1006.15, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   14         1006.15 Student standards for participation in
   15  interscholastic and intrascholastic extracurricular student
   16  activities; regulation.—
   17         (8)(a) The Florida High School Athletic Association
   18  (FHSAA), in cooperation with each district school board, shall
   19  facilitate a program in which a middle school or high school
   20  student who attends a private school shall be eligible to
   21  participate in an interscholastic or intrascholastic sport at a
   22  public high school, a public middle school, or a 6-12 public
   23  school to which the student would be assigned according to
   24  district school board attendance area policies or which the
   25  student could choose to attend pursuant to s. 1002.31 that is
   26  zoned for the physical address at which the student resides if:
   27         1. The private school in which the student is enrolled is
   28  not a member of the FHSAA.
   29         2. The private school student meets the guidelines for the
   30  conduct of the program established by the FHSAA’s board of
   31  directors and the district school board. At a minimum, such
   32  guidelines shall provide:
   33         a. A deadline for each sport by which the private school
   34  student’s parents must register with the public school in
   35  writing their intent for their child to participate at that
   36  school in the sport.
   37         b. Requirements for a private school student to
   38  participate, including, but not limited to, meeting the same
   39  standards of eligibility, acceptance, behavior, educational
   40  progress, and performance which apply to other students
   41  participating in interscholastic or intrascholastic sports at a
   42  public school or FHSAA member private school.
   43         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.