January 23, 2012

School Board Grants Equal Access to Homeschoolers in Granville

At its meeting on January 9, 2012, the Granville School Board voted unanimously to approve a new policy allowing homeschool students to participate in extracurricular activities at public schools located in the district. In accordance with Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) bylaws, homeschool students must take at least one class from the school. But if they do so, they will now be eligible to participate in sports and other activities on the same basis as public school students.

The new policy was recommended by Granville Superintendent Jeff Brown after several homeschool families in the district requested a change in the district’s current policy, which excludes homeschool students from participation. The new policy will take effect starting with the 2012–2013 school year.

Ohio state law is silent with regard to homeschoolers participating in public school activities, leaving it up to local school districts to make decisions about this issue. Generally, HSLDA’s policy regarding homeschoolers participating in public school activities is neutral. It is noteworthy and encouraging, however, to see a school official such as Superintendent Brown respond so positively to the desires of local families. His willingness to listen to families’ concerns and propose a new policy demonstrates sensitivity to the needs of homeschool students that should be modeled by superintendents across the state.