HOUSE BILL 352
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - second session, 2020
RELATING TO SCHOOL ATTENDANCE; ALLOWING FOR ADDITIONAL ABSENCES FOR INTERSCHOLASTIC EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES FOR CERTAIN STUDENTS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 22-12A-10 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 2019, Chapter 223, Section 10) is amended to read:
"22-12A-10. INTERSCHOLASTIC EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES-- STUDENT PARTICIPATION.--
A. A public school student shall have at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent, either cumulatively or for the grading period immediately preceding participation, to be eligible to participate in any interscholastic extracurricular activity. For purposes of this section, "grading period" is a period of time not less than six weeks. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to students receiving C or D level special education services.
B. Except as provided in Subsection C of this section, a student shall not be absent from school for interscholastic extracurricular activities in excess of fifteen days per semester, and no class shall be missed in excess of fifteen times per semester for interscholastic extracurricular activities.
C. A student who maintains a 3.0 grade point average or better on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent, either cumulatively or for the grading period immediately preceding a request for absence for interscholastic extracurricular activities, may miss more than fifteen days or fifteen periods of the same class per semester in a school year for participation in interscholastic extracurricular activities if approved by the student's parent, the student's teacher and the school principal.
[C.] D. The secretary may issue a waiver relating to the number of absences for participation in any state or national competition that is not an interscholastic extracurricular activity. The secretary shall develop a procedure for petitioning cumulative provision eligibility cases, similar to other eligibility situations.
[D.] E. Student standards for participation in interscholastic extracurricular activities shall be applied beginning with a student's academic record in ninth grade."
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