School boards and local administrators are still sorting out the new law allowing Ohio homeschoolers to participate in public school extra-curriculars. In central Ohio, the Madison Press reports: Plain City: Extracurriculars opened to charter, home schoolers By Jane Beathard
Jonathan Alder Local Schools will open their doors on Oct. 1 to community (public charter) and home-schooled students for participation in extracurricular activities. School board members voted Monday to amend the district policy requiring students who are taught at home or attend a charter school to enroll in at least five classes at Alder (excluding physical education) before they are eligible to participate in sports, plays and similar activities. The Ohio Department of Education defines “extracurricular” as a pupil activity program that is operated by a school or school district and is not included in a graded course of study, including an interscholastic activity. Since band is a course of study at Alder, it is not included.
Homeschoolers’ interest seems minimal in Plain City, as it was reported only one parent has inquired about participation. The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio High School Athletic Association are still working on the details.
[Superintendent] Chapman had no answers for some questions — especially those regarding insurance liability for non-enrolled athletes. He said ODE continues to hammer out implementation of the new law. In the meantime, the Ohio High School Athletic Association said public schools can immediately begin accepting community and home-schooled students onto fall sports teams, published reports said.