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. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 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 is26 zoned for the physical address at which the student residesif: 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.