In June of 2013, the Ohio Legislature passed House Bill 59, which grants homeschoolers equal access to extracurricular activities in their local public schools.
PEACH (Parents Educating at Christian Homes, Inc) was formed with a specific mission; to provide support, encouragement and fellowship to Christian families who are home educating, and to provide information about home education. We do not attempt to act as mediators between parents who wish to use this access to extracurricular activities and officials in their public school district, nor do we in any way try to act as facilitators for parents who are choosing this option.
What PEACH can do is provide information from reliable sources to help parents make this decision for their family, as well as make a few recommendations:
- When communicating with your local school district, always do so in writing. This provides you with proper documentation should questions ever arise.
- If you need professional legal help, contact a law firm that specializes in homeschool regulations, such as HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association) or NCLL (National Center for Life and Liberty).
- HSLDA has a couple of articles on their website for homeschooling parents who are considering this option for their children:
- Read the Ohio High School Athletic Association guidelines released on July 23, 2013 that can be found here: ENROLLMENT AND ATTENDANCE and THE BUDGET BILL SIGNED BY GOV. KASICH
Ultimately, parents are responsible for their children’s education, and should thoroughly research and prayerfully consider what is best for their own family.
Check out Home School Sports Net- a network of homeschool sports teams.
In this related article by Scott Woodruff at HSLDA, he lists the myths and the realities of homeschoolers participating on public school sports teams.