U.S. Department of Education – “Guidance” on students with disabilities

By virtue of a mailing list I’m on, I received a copy of a memo from the Kansas State High School Activities Assocation, Inc. (KSHSAA) with the subject referenced above. I’ve pasted the text of the memo, written by the Executive Director of the KSHSAA, Gary Musselman, below:

Last Friday, the United States Department of Education released a guidance on the subject of students with disabilities, in grades K-12, participating in school sports and extracurricular activities.  To ensure that you have the complete document, you may access the 13 page guidance via this link.



The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) issued a press release which may be accessed here. http://www.kshsaa.org/public/pdf/NFHSStatementonDepartmentofEducationRuling.pdf


Historically, the KSHSAA has evaluated requests for participation by students with disabilities on a case by case basis, in a manner that is consistent with this guidance.  The KSHSAA Policy on Students with Special Needs is accessible here. http://www.kshsaa.org/public/pdf/StudentswithSpecialNeedsPolicy.pdf


The KSHSAA will work closely with the Kansas State Department of Education and the National Federation of State High School Associations, to continue to provide information and resources necessary for implementation and compliance with this guidance, as it specifically relates to athletic and activity participation of students with disabilities.


Thank you for your continuing efforts to serve the needs of your students.



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