A Low GPA Could Be A Game Changer for Athletes and Extracurricular Activities

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Assembly Bill 908 regarding change towards qualifying grades to play sports.

Dylan Young, Sports Reporter

Assembly Bill 908 (AB-908) could help students that are struggling in school if someone in the Chino Community were to propose the adoption of the bill at the next board meeting. AB908 allows athletes and students involved in extracurricular activities to be eligible to participate in the spring without meeting the criteria of achieving a 2.0 GPA. Covid-19 along with the virtual and blended learning approach to school has changed the way students are learning in the 2020-2021 year. With many students struggling with online learning, getting to classes, and understanding lessons in class, teachers have seen a decrease in grades.

According to California Legislative Information the assembly bill AB-908, “This bill would authorize the governing board of each school district to adopt a policy that would allow the probationary period to exceed one semester in length through the completion of the 2020-2021 school year due to the impact of Covid-19.” This bill would require students to pass only four classes instead of requiring a 2.0 G.P.A. to be able to play sports as well as letting student get their working permits. This bill could benefit many students and allow many more opportunities for those who are struggling during online learning. Disengaging from distance learning by Lisa Selin Davis, CNN “Some 15,000 high school students were completely absent from online learning, and 40,000 didn’t check in regularly in Los Angeles.”

Me personally, I learn better when face to face with a teacher and I have been struggling with online school trying to understand the lesson that is being taught at hand”

— Luke Kembel

California Legislative Information also states “The bill would prohibit a work permit from being denied based on a pupil’s grades, grade point average, or school attendance when the pupil’s school has been physically closed for an extended time due to an uncontrollable factor such as a , natural disaster, pandemic, or other emergency.” Students are going through hardships during Covid-19 with the lack of socializing with not just friends but with teachers as well.