Non-Public School Policy Developing for Extra-Curriculars

D301 board member clarifies position on home-school athletes

This Kane County school district is developing non-public school participation policy in extra-curriculars.

“I do not consider them an outsider. It is a difficult situation. They made the choice to home-school their kids, and now they want to go to the district to participate in sports,” he said.
“I don’t believe there is a harm in it, but if they were to try out and take the spot on the roster of someone who is taking classes at the school every day …,” Roberts said as he cited the reasons he and at least two other board members are struggling with the measure.

While Section 4.010 of the Illinois High School Association bylaws permits home-schooled student eligibility if the student either takes 20 hours of study at the member school or is in a program approved by the member school, Roberts cited IHSA regulations that require in-district students to maintain a certain grade point average as an out for closing the door on home-school participation.

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