Homeschoolers and Equal Access

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:

Sports and Public School Classes
Ohio Homeschoolers Granted Equal Access to Extra Curricular and PSEO Funding

Ultimately, parents are responsible for their children’s education, and should thoroughly research and prayerfully consider what is best for their own family.

Update:

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.

Homeschool Information Workshop – save the date

Come to our PEACH Meeting  on Thursday, August 8th, for an informative and encouraging start to your homeschool year.

We will be introducing the new PEACH leadership team, as well as the committee coordinators for our Care Groups, the Dad’s Care Group, Achievement Testing, Graduation, Homeschool Portraits,  Annual Spelling Bee, Family Picnic, and PEACH Newsletter.

A brief explanation of Ohio Homeschool Notification Procedures will help new homeschoolers feel confident that they are complying with Ohio regulations. We will also provide instructions about how to use various features on our private password protected forum, located on bigtent.com, which is made available to PEACH members.

Following these presentations, we will have PEACH mentors hosting Q&A sessions on notifications, and curriculum and learning methods. In the Fellowship Hall, there will be tables for folks to sign up for or get more information about PEACH activities.

We will also have plenty of time for fellowship, where new and veteran homeschoolers can meet and form lasting friendships.

There is something at this meeting for every homeschooler to learn and enjoy. All of our monthly meetings are free and open to the public, so all you have to do is save the date and be there!

When: Thursday, August 8th, 7pm-9pm (doors open at 6:45)
Where: Arrowbrook Baptist Church, 1124 Upper Bellbrook Road, Xenia

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