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      Insurance rates for student athletes skyrockets

      Student athletes in Exeter-West Greenwich school district are going to have to pay a lot more this year for insurance.

      On Thursday night, the school committee held an emergency meeting with the parents of football players.

      Athletes have always had to purchase insurance for about $7 a year through Lefebre Insurance. But this year the rates are going way up.

      It will now cost $20 a year for most sports, but football players will have to pay $200 for insurance.

      And many other school districts around the state are facing a similar problem.

      According to school committee chairwoman Teri Cicero, the Exeter-West Greenwich school district is now going to have parents sign a waiver to prove they have their own health insurance.

      And anyone who doesn't have family insurance will not be able to play. But officials say this is just a temporary solution.