New Eligibility Rules Starting in January

AC Community,

Starting with the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year, the junior-senior high school will  have a new and revamped 10th Hour Policy. Currently, 10th Hour only applies to students in grades 7-9 and for core classes only. Starting second semester, we will expand that to include all students in grades 7-12 and all classes. Please note that this could affect your students ability to participate in extracurricular activities! The rationale for the change is to continue to strengthen the high academic expectations that we at Adams Central have for all of our students. The new policy will put the following practices in motion:

1) Starting in the third week of the semester, the office will run the D & F list and share it Monday morning with staff as a preemptive communication to the Ineligibility List coming out Wednesday. This will be a chance for teachers and coaches to communicate with their students and players about their grades prior to after-school consequences taking place.

2) The office will then send out another list on Wednesday that will consist of only students who are currently failing a class. Wednesday, at the beginning of Patriot Period, all teachers will briefly meet with all students about their grades and to notify those students who are on the list.

3) The attendance code “x” will be entered for those students on the Ineligibility List in the Patriot Period attendance spot in PowerSchool.

4) The Ineligibility List will be only students who are failing a class (No Ds)! The office will send an email to parents of students on the Ineligibility List informing them of the situation.

5) If a student is failing two or more classes or is failing one class with a grade lower than a 60%, they will report to the after-school study hall room starting on Thursday.  Students will go to the after school study hall every day after school until: The student is no longer failing any classes. The student is failing only one class with a grade above 60%. Students will be required to stay each day until at least 4 PM.

5) The student must complete the 10th hour form and have it signed by their teacher to get released from after school study hall and be able to participate in extracurricular activities again (including practices and games). Students are able to IMMEDIATELY participate in activities as soon as the 10th hour form is signed by the issuing teacher and turned into the office. 

6) If a student skips after school study hall: The student will be given lunch detention and then escorted (by admin or counselors)  to after school study hall the next day. If they skip a consecutive day, the student will spend the next school day they are present in In-School Suspension. 

7) For those students participating in sports or other extracurricular activities:  Students will not be allowed to do any of the following until they are determined to be eligible: Leave school early for an activity, Attend practice, or Participate in a competition involving other schools.

We appreciate your support as we continue to hold our students to high academic expectations while simultaneously providing a top-notch education. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.


Scott Harrington

7-12 Principal