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Should homeschooled students
stay at home?
We know the issue of allowing homeschooled students
to participate in public school activities is more than
binary. We asked coaches to share their thoughts on
whether or not to allow homeschooled students to
participate in public school activities. Here are some of
" Schools have discipline codes that are impossible to
enforce if the student does not attend the school. All of
the discipline would be administered to these students
by their coaches. Added responsibility for coaches.
Probably illegal for walk-on coaches. Bad formula for
" All students in a district should be permitted to
play for their public school, where their family pays its
" A decision is a decision. Athletics are extracurricular.
If the school is not good enough academically to
accommodate the student, why reap the cost benefits
of athletics unless ADA funding is included in the
student's participation. "
" Taxes being paid, academic eligibility being
maintained, living within the district/boundary of school
" There are some schools (where the parents) may be
more qualified to educate their son or daughter than
the teacher or teachers in the homeschool. I do not
think that should be a problem for a player to play on
the school team. "
" It's not a Wendy's. If you want to participate in a
school's programming you should have to be enrolled in
that school. "
" I am concerned that homeschooled students do
not get enough social interaction and sports is a great
vehicle for this type of interaction! "
" There is a conscious choice to remove a student
from public school education, removal from the athletic
program is also part of that choice. Academic standing
is a prerequisite for participation at our school. "
- allowing the opportunity remains what's best for the
students. We all know what can be gained from taking
part in athletics. "
" Athletes should be on campus. Having an offcampus
student presents equality issues with
academics and discipline. "
Should Homeschooled Students Be Allowed to
Participate in Public School Activities?
Another added, " [homeschooled students] most
definitely need the social interaction. "
But the argument to not allow homeschooled students
the chance to participate in public school athletics is a
bit more nuanced. Coaches cited various reasons like
differences in academic grading guidelines and discipline
codes, building team chemistry, and, perhaps most
notably, sticking to a decision.
" If a student wants to homeschool, that's their choice. If
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Relationship with Athletic Trainers?
a student wants to be a part of public
schools, whether it's athletics or band or choir or any
number of the different extra-curricular
activities that public schools offer, the student should
attend that public school. These activities are for the
students that attend that school, not for those that could
but choose not to, " a coach said.
" Developing a " team " starts when the school day starts.
I want to see these kids be around each other beyond the
court or field, " another coach said.
One coach put it rather bluntly, reminding us that it is
taxes, are within a school's district, and athletics are a
major part of a child's social development skills.
" If they live within the school boundaries [they should be
allowed to play]. Homeschooling may be the best option for
some students, " one coach said.
Most recent estimates from December 2018 of
homeschooling families in the United States, provided by
US Census updates of school-aged children, say roughly
1.6 million of 54.5 million school-aged children are
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