The University Interscholastic League announced Friday, July 10, that students who take part in remote learning may also participate in UIL activities as long as they meet other league eligibility requirements.

Outlined on the UIL’s official website, the league specified, “Students must be enrolled in remote learning options through the school the student will represent.”

However, school districts may also develop and implement local policies with additional requirements for participation, according to the UIL.
More specific details were outlined for those who are opting out of in-person instruction due to COVID-19.

Some school districts are offering students the option of in-person or remote learning, thus prompting a temporary ruling by the UIL.

Additionally, the UIL said schools should develop grading policies for remote learning options that outline the criteria for determining if a student is passing all courses at the end of grading and evaluation periods.

Additionally, the UIL said schools should develop grading guidelines for remote learning options to determine if students are passing all courses at the end of grading and evaluation periods. Passing is required by the league to participate in extracurricular activities.

“Schools should develop grading policies for remote learning options that outline the criteria for determining if a student is passing all courses at the end of grading and evaluation periods, the UIL posted on its website. “Days when school is not in session should be treated as school holidays for purposes of determining academic eligibility for both remote and in-person learning. All students are academically eligible when school is not in session for a full calendar week or more.”

In anticipation of the start of the 2020-2021 school year, variations in learning options and ongoing uncertainties, the UIL made adjustments relating to the first six weeks to allow students an opportunity to take part in league activities.

“For the 2020-2021 school year, UIL eligibility requirements for the first six weeks of school have been modified to allow a student to be eligible for the first six weeks if they accumulated at least two and a half credits since the start of the 2019-2020 school year, the UIL posted on its website.

Of course, schools have the option to impose additional requirements.

Acknowledging that the situation is ever changing, the UIL said it will continue to update its policies as needed.

For more information on the full-time student rule can be found in the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules as well as the no-pass, no-play rule, visit the UIL website at uiltexas.org.