Board allows Florida Virtual School students to compete in interscholastic sports


September 26, 2011

GAINESVILLE– The Florida High School Athletic Association Board of Directors voted today to approve the adoption of Policy 16.3.5, effective immediately. This addendum is in regard to a bill recently passed during the 2011 Legislative Session that created the “Digital Learning Now Act” which provides for a statewide Florida Virtual School – Full Time program as part of the Florida Virtual Education program.

“The Board of Directors in the interest of complying with the new state statute involving Florida Virtual School—Florida-centered as opposed to through the school districts—has adopted that new policy so that all of those students will have the opportunity to participate in interscholastic athletics in an equitable manner statewide,” said Executive Director Roger Dearing.

Policy 16.3.5 outlines the requirements for sport participation as well as the expectations for transferring to and from FLVS-FT. It can be viewed in its entirety in the attachment below.

The Board also discussed the newly adopted Policy 24, reviewing the requirements for coaches and staff of member schools to provide personal instruction such as camps and clinics in addition to their duties as a school employee.

In other action, the Board of Directors:

  • Ratified the appointments of Lee Miller, representing administrative sections 1 and 2, and Dr. Lori White, representing administrative sections 3 and 4 to the Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.
  • Heard a presentation from C2C Schools about its new look to be unveiled this school year.
  • Ratified the membership of the Public Liaison Advisory Committee (PLAC) for 2011-12 school year.
  • Ratified the appointment of Sten T. Sliger, Tallahassee, to the attorney position vacated by J. Patrick Floyd on the Section I Appeals Committee and the appointments of Mark Marsala, athletic director, Seacrest High School, to the private school position vacated by John Gerdes and Javan Turner, athletic director, Gibbs High School, to the public school position vacated by Kevin Gordon on the Section III Appeals Committee.
  • Ratified the elections of Ken Roland, athletic director, Fernandina Beach High School, to the public school position on the Section I Appeals Committee; Laura Figueredo, athletic director, Plant High School, to the public school position on the Section III Appeals Committee; and Joe Zaccheo, athletic director, Monsignor Pace High School, to the private school position on the Section IV Appeals Committee (terms effective 2011-12 through June 2014).
  • Heard a report by the PLAC for the 2010-11 school year.
  • Approved FHSAA annual financial report for fiscal year 2010-11 for Operating Fund, Sick and Vacation Trust Fund and Rozelle Retirement Fund.
  • Approved the final budget of the 2011-12 fiscal year.
  • Approved FHSAA Land Corporation, Inc. final budget for 2011-12 fiscal year.
  • Approved FHSAA Land Corporation, Inc. annual financial report for 2010-11 fiscal year for Capital Fund/Land Corporation.
  • Approved agreement with Paragon Marketing Group to lengthen seasons of two boys and girls basketball teams from Florida to participate in the 2012 National High School Invitational (NHSI) basketball tournament televised live from March 29-31, 2012.
  • Approved policy language change in the Board Member Handbook stating that a maximum of five board members may receive travel reimbursement for attending the National Federation Summer Conference each year. Each Board member will get the opportunity to attend one National meeting during their three-year term of office.
  • Approved admission into the FHSAA of Somerset Prep (North Lauderdale), Somerset Academy (Homestead) and Duval Charter (Jacksonville), effective in the 2011-12 school year.
  • Reviewed 2010-11 financial report on State Series championship events.
  • Heard a discussion on the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association v. Gannett decision in regard to rights of ownership in broadcasting State Series events.


About the FHSAA
The Florida High School Athletic Association is the governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida. It has a membership of more than 770 middle and senior high schools, and sponsors postseason competitions to determine the official state high school champions in 30 different sports. The 16-member FHSAA Board of Directors is the executive authority of the Association.

Contact for media:
Corey Sobers
Public Relations Specialist, FHSAA
(352) 372-9551 x 350
csobers [at] fhsaa [dot] org



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