CMS adjusts $100 participation policy

Aug 27, 2014 by

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is changing a policy that kept some students from playing sports who couldn’t afford a $100 participation fee, officials told the Observer on Tuesday.

Students who qualify for free and reduced lunch at CMS schools now will be able to get a waiver if they provide necessary documentation. Students at schools enrolled in a special government program that provides free meals also can apply for a waiver.

Before the policy changes, both groups of students were not eligible to apply for waivers, and some of them were being left off athletics teams.

Earlier this year, CMS changed the formula used to determine which high-school students qualified for a waiver of the $100 fee. The fee had been required since the 2010-11 school year to help pay program costs. Previously, the fee was waived if a family qualified for free or reduced school lunch.

Before the latest changes, students could get the fee waived only if they qualified under a federal government program called the Community Eligibility Provision.

The CEP qualifies students “using information from other programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families instead of traditional paper applications,” according to its website. The free and reduced lunch qualification was dropped.

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