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Lanesville still discussing home-schooling, sports

The second reading of new Lanesville Community School Corp. board policy regarding the participation of home-schooled students in athletics at Lanesville schools was tabled July 21 as trustees mull the issue.
In 2013, the Indiana High School Athletic Association changed its rule to allow home-schooled athletes to participate on teams at their local public school.
According to the IHSAA rule, a home-schooled student must be enrolled in the host school for at least one class per day to be eligible for athletic participation, as well as meeting all of the regular eligibility standards. Also, the student-athlete must have been home schooled the previous three years in order to be eligible. The student’s family must submit grade information to the school to affirm the student is passing all courses. Home-schooled students will not be allowed to compete on athletic teams at private schools affiliated with the IHSAA, but they will be allowed to play on teams at charter schools, which are public schools. However, school corporations could make the rule more stringent, if they so desired.
Lanesville’s policy, which is in the process of being drawn up to meet state guidelines, was going to require that home-schooled students attend and pass five classes daily on campus to participate, falling in line with the IHSAA’s rule that public-school students be required to be passing five core classes to be eligible.
‘I think it’s very important for a parent who is interested understands and knows that we aren’t trying to be hard-nosed necessarily, but we are matching the eligibility for every other student who is here,’ board member Margaret Meyer said.
Michelle Voelker Schreiber, who grew up in the Lanesville area, asked the board to reconsider its policy, saying that, if her children were required to attend five classes, it really isn’t home schooling.
‘That really limits our abilities to be considered home schooling. There isn’t much left at that point. Again, I don’t have anything against Lanesville, or I would not be interested in sending my children here for at least one class. We have reasons that we want to home school and want to do that through high school,’ Schreiber said.
She reminded the board that South Harrison and North Harrison only require that home-schooled students take part in one class per day. Some schools around Indianapolis (Avon, Carmel, Center Grove, Franklin Central, Western Boone and Greenwood) do not allow part-time students.
Meyer explained to Schreiber where the policy of five classes came from, noting the board isn’t asking home-schooled students to do anything more than the corporation and state is requiring from public-school students.
Another mother in the audience said the board was excluding the home-schooling community completely.
‘From what?’ Meyer asked.
‘Sports,’ the mother replied.
Meyer then asked Schreiber if the policy were changed, who would determine if the curriculum used for home-schooled students is up to snuff with curriculum used at Lanesville, to fall in line with five classes being passed.
‘It’s not necessarily your responsibility to worry about that,’ Schreiber said. ‘There’s a trust factor there. I guess we ask that you do trust us. We’d be cheating our kids. We want them to be able to go to college just the same as any other child. If someone is not up to snuff on curriculums, they are only hurting their own child.
‘We’re asking for something a little more conducive to us home schooling our kiddos and still be able to play sports. They’ve been playing (Lanesville youth league) baseball the past couple of years. They’ve developed friendships with some of those guys and would enjoy continuing playing with them. I think they could be a great asset. They are good kids.’

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