If you have been following Ohio charter school news lately, you may have noticed a lot of hype surrounding eSchool/charter school students and extracurricular activities, specifically sports. The coverage on this topic has been confusing to say the least, and we’d like to help set the record straight so our students will feel free to participate in local school district extracurricular activities.
It was just last year that Ohio House Bill 487 was enacted, allowing our students the opportunity to participate in local school district extracurricular activities. Complications arose in high school sports, particularly football. Because of their own guidelines, the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) began counting participating eSchool/charter school students in the enrollment of local schools, oftentimes bumping schools' teams into higher, more competitive divisions. This left school officials, parents, students and community members worried about the financial and safety risks involved in playing in a more competitive division. After reviewing the complaints and guidelines, OHSAA simply decided to not count eSchool/charter school students toward enrollment. So, our students CAN CONTINUE TO PLAY AND PARTICIPATE in all extracurricular activities offered by their local school district, including sports.
For those planning to participate in extracurriculars this school year, CLICK HERE to download a printable document that can be taken with you to local schools to provide information and clear up any questions about this opportunity.
We’d love to hear from you…what activities are you planning on participating in this school year? Feel free to leave us a comment on our Facebook page!
Best of luck!