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February 16, 2010

Follow up to “Suspended Homeschool Child”

Our original email dealt with a student in a homeschool assistance program who had a shotgun shell in his pocket. But is a dual-enrolled student subject to public school student rules—including the rules about firearms, ammunition, etc.?

There are many, many rules, statutes, etc.—local, state and federal—that apply to public schools, their students (and families), their property, and so on.

In general, a competent private instruction (CPI) student who dual enrolls into a public school is subject to two sets of rules—the CPI rules as well as the public school rules. As you might imagine, many complicated issues can arise when one person is subject to two different sets of rules. Without attempting to address any particular issue, suffice it to say that a dual-enrolled student should not expect to be exempt from either set of rules.

Most CPI families are already familiar with the CPI rules. But if a CPI family contemplates dual-enrolling—which is not usually a source of significant problems—they would be well advised to inform themselves of the additional rules that will apply to the student and family.