Many Pasco County students who transfer schools will be unable to compete in athletics for one year under new guidelines that have taken effect.
The idea, which was discussed at a school board workshop in April, was described in an email sent to school principals and the Times. Students who transfer after the beginning of their freshman year must sit out of athletics for a year, unless they show to a committee that they transferred for one of the following reasons:
* The student and his/her family make a full and complete move to a new home
* Someone the student was living with dies or is imprisoned
* The student is placed in a foster home by the state or court or is appointed a new legal guardian
* The student moves because of his/her marriage
* The district reassigns the student for non-athletic, non-disciplinary reasons.
The athletic transfer participation committee that decides appeals will begin meeting on July 31. It will meet twice a month in August and September and once monthly after that.
Pasco’s new policy is similar to one enacted by Hillsborough last year.