Athletic programs for students in the seventh grade or above may include one or more teams limited to participants of one sex whose overall athletic opportunities have previously been limited.
Athletic programs for students in the sixth grade or below shall be operated without restrictions on the basis of sex, except that when overall athletic opportunities for one sex have previously been limited and there is demonstrated interest by members of that sex to participate on a team restricted to members of that sex, the educational institution may provide a team restricted to members of that sex. The educational institution shall make a biennial determination of students' demonstrated interest. The method used shall be reported to the Department of Education in conjunction with the report required by part 3535.3600.
Any public or private elementary or secondary school may provide in the same sport two teams which are separated according to sex when overall athletic opportunities for one sex have previously been limited, but the team for the other sex may only be substantially separated by sex.
When an equal opportunity to participate is not provided to members of a sex whose overall athletic opportunities to participate have previously been limited, the school, where there is a demonstrated interest, shall provide separate teams in sports which it determines will provide members of the excluded sex with an equal opportunity and which will attempt to accommodate their demonstrated interest.
When overall athletic opportunities for one sex have previously been limited, members of that sex shall be permitted to try out and, if successful, to participate on any team in any sport. This part does not prohibit any elementary or secondary school from making participation on a team in a sport dependent upon a demonstrated level of skill and ability. When an educational institution has established a team exclusively for members of the sex whose overall athletic opportunities have previously been limited, members of the other sex may not try out for or participate on that team.
MS s 124.15
L 1995 1Sp3 art 16 s 13; L 2003 c 130 s 12
September 26, 2007