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       Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities, yet they are cautioned that such activities be regarded as truly “extra.” Any student who becomes so involved in “extras” sponsored and provided by the school that he/she is unable to fulfill his/her curricular responsibilities is abusing the intent of extracurricular.

            All students who wish to participate in extracurricular activities (e.g., clubs, athletics, dances, etc.) must sign up for Random Drug Testing. 

            Ava High School is a member of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) and, as such requires students involved in extracurricular and interscholastic activities to meet and uphold certain eligibility and citizenship standards.  Students must be enrolled and attend classes full-time in order to be eligible for MSHSAA sanctioned activities, which include all athletic programs, band, choir, Academic Quiz Bowl, and Speech and Debate.   Students must pass 6 out of 7 classes the previous semester in order to be eligible to participate.  A physical exam and proof of insurance are required prior to participating in practices or competitions.  Any additional questions regarding MSHSAA sanctioned activities or MSHSAA by-laws should be addressed with the building principal or athletic director.

            AHS clubs are not MSHSAA sanctioned; however, students must be signed up for Random Drug Testing in order to become a member and follow the guidelines/by-laws for each club. 

            Students involved in an extracurricular activity must be in attendance for at least 4 periods and lunch the day of practice or competition to participate unless the absence is pre-approved by the principal. If the activity is on a weekend, the student must be in attendance 4 periods and lunch on the last day school was in session, unless the absence is pre-approved by the office