WANE reports on East Allen County (EACS) school’s policy on private school student participation in the public school. Fort Wayne’s Channel 15 said EACS is the only known district allowing homeschoolers to participate in the district’s athletic programs.
“East Allen County Schools is proud to be the pioneer in this arena of accepting homeschooled athletes.
We’re anxious to serve the community by providing an opportunity for these student athletes to participate within our athletic programs,” said Superintendent Dr. Ken Folks.
An IHSAA press release from the IHSAA states the five criteria for homeschool participation:
- The student, in conjunction with the school, provide proof to the IHSAA that the spirit of the eligibility rules will not be compromised including passing a physical examination and participating in the required number of practices in a given sport.
- The student must have been home-schooled for the previous three consecutive years
- The student completes all state-wide examinations as authorized by the Indiana Department of Education.
- The student’s family must submit grade information to the school to affirm the student is passing all courses.
- The student must be enrolled in the school for which the student is participating for a minimum of one class per day.
WANE reports EACS’s criteria homeschoolers must meet. The school will receive additional funding for each participating homeschooler:
Kelly [district public relations liaison] said a student must enroll in a class for an entire school year.
“If a student wants to run track [in the spring] they still have to enroll in the fall semester,” she said.
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