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Principal Says “No” State Law Says “Yes”
When the Henry family (name changed to protect privacy) tried to enroll their children in a ski school offered by their local school district, the principal refused to allow the children to participate because they did not attend public school.
The Henry children were surprised and disappointed, since they had participated in the ski school the previous year and were looking forward to another week of fun on the slopes. Mrs. Henry, a member of Home School Legal Defense Association, contacted us to see what could be done.
Legal assistant Dan Beasley informed her that Vermont law requires school districts to allow homeschool students to participate in cocurricular and extracurricular activities without being enrolled in public school (Title 16 of Vermont Statutes Annotated § 563(24) and State Board of Education rules § 4400).
Then HSLDA Staff Attorney Michael Donnelly wrote a letter to the principal explaining the law and advising the principal to allow the children to participate. The very next day, the principal contacted the Henrys and told them they could participate in the ski school.
HSLDA advocates on behalf of member families who seek to participate in public school activities when state law provides for homeschoolers to access such programs. We encourage any member families who are in such a situation to contact us for help.
— by Michael P. Donnelly