Gov Signs Varsity Letter Legislation

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Legislation signed earlier this week, P.L, 2017, c. 62 (S-2398 / A-3879), requires high school districts to review and potentially adopt a policy that could allow a student who participates in a school-sponsored, interscholastic extracurricular activity that includes competitions to earn a varsity letter. 

Under the new law, students who participate in activities including robotics, debate teams, chess clubs, and any other school sanctioned activity that involves competing with other high schools could be eligible for a letter if the board adopts such a policy.  The legislation, signed by the Governor on Monday, passed the Assembly by a vote of 68-4-2 and the Senate by a vote of 26-8.

NJPSA worked with the sponsor to make the legislation permissible, not mandatory.