HOME EDUCATED STUDENTS AND ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY

Students who are instructed at home under an approved home education plan and wish to be involved in interscholastic athletic programs or other co-curricular activity may petition the school to participate if the student meets the requirements set by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association and described in this policy.
The principal shall indicate that the School Committee has a policy for accepting home schooled students on athletic teams on the annual MIAA membership form while including all home schoolers in the MIAA enrollment report.

Requirements

The Principal shall determine appropriate high school grade level placement (9-12) for each home educated student in conjunction with chronological age and educational plan.

The student must reside in the school district that serves the high school and live with his/her parents or legal guardians in the family residence.

The Principal shall ascertain whether or not the student meets the standards for athletic participation required for all other students as defined in the current MIAA Handbook. This includes, but is not limited to, those rules governing transfers, academic eligibility, age requirements, and the number of consecutive seasons of athletic eligibility beyond grade eight. MIAA requirements relative to academic eligibility must be certified by the Principal at the same times that all other student-athletes are to be certified as academically eligible. If the Principal determines that all eligibility standards detailed above have been met, the Principal may declare the student eligible to participate in interscholastic competition.

The rights, privileges, and responsibilities associated with all other student-athletes attending MIAA member schools will apply to home educated students who have satisfied the requirements above.

ADOPTED: Prior to 2013
REVISED: December 8, 2015