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AHSAA clarifies ruling for St. Jude student-athletes

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

St. Jude students and their parents have some tough choices in front of them, since the school is closing at the end of this school year. The Alabama High School Athletic Association is working to clear up their options.

First, the St. Jude athletes are not considered transfers. Instead, they are classified at being re-assigned, as they will have no school to attend next year once St. Jude closes. The AHSAA issued this statement Thursday, "In accordance with AHSAA bylaws, during a member private-school closure that causes a re-assignment of students, those students are eligible at any member school - public or private - that serves the student's home attendance zone. Meaning the students can participate in sports in any school they are zoned to attend without having to sit out a season."

The Athletic Association's ruling regarding St. Jude students says just that - that at the start of the next school year, students will be eligible to play at any member school that serves the family's residence, if all other eligibility requirements are met.  The AHSAA will apply appropriate bylaws related to issues regarding financial aid.    

The Alabama High School Athletic Association has issued the same ruling for students at every other school that is closing in the state. Just this year, it's dealt with 3 other school closings - Parkway Christian in Birmingham, John Essex in Marengo County and Parrish in Walker County.

The Alabama High School Athletic Association has given St. Jude student athletes no special rulings, exceptions or adjustments

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