The LHSAA released a policy statement that will allow member schools to treat student/athletes evacuated by a storm as transfer students, allowing them to gain eligibility.
Schools were instructed to follow the guidelines esablished for transfer students when seeking eligibility for students forced to move by Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Houston and parts of southwest Louisiana last week. The memo from LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine stated that the same guidelines would be used for students potentially displaced by Hurricane Irma, which is expected to make landfall late this week and could impact Louisiana and/or the Gulf of Mexico region.
The memo states that evacuees must live within the attendance zone/parish of the school they register with in order to gain eligibility. All necessary paperwork and signatures for these temporarily displaced students must be kept on file at the school requesting eligibility. Schools must also submit documents confirming/supporting the request for eligibility to the LHSAA office at their earliest convenience.
Instead of playing their annual game at Memorial Stadium, there is a change of venue for Friendship Capitol vs. McKinley. Meanwhile, St. Michael will play its Friday game at Denham Springs High.
McKinley coach Ken Hilton announced that the annual matchup of inner city rivals will be played at McKinley at 7 p.m. Friday night.
"Doing this makes sense for both of us at this point," Hilton said.
The rivalry has changed in recent years with McKinley moving up to Class 5A and Capitol dropping down to Class 2A enrollment wise.
St. Michael was originally scheduled to host KIPP Renaissance at Woodlawn High. The school announced on Twitter late Tuesday that the game was moved to Denham Springs High.