Coach Support’s home-schooled kids playing sports-School say NO

cak5No kid should be banned from playing sports. Yet, the Lenape Regional School District in New Jersey reaffirmed its decision not to let children who are home-schooled join district sports teams.

14-year old Adam Cunard played in the under-14 local youth football league, which has no rules barring home-schooled children, but now that he is in the ninth grade he is not allowed to play the sport because it is a high school team.

Adams parents were told the district has a policy that does not allow home-schooled children to join sports, band or other activities. It is because the school has no way to determine if non-enrolled students meet the same academic and disciplinary standards that are required of school students.

Speaking in support of a policy change at Wednesday’s meeting were the parents of a home-schooled student whom they said has been allowed to play sports at a nearby High School, according to the Burlington County Times.

Adams coach said, “Adam is an outstanding you man. His teammates love him and he would be a tremendous asset to the team on the field and off the field. It’s just crazy that the school won’t let him play. If the schools concerned about Adam’s academic standards, give him an equivalency test. As far as his disciplinary standards, Adam teaches a Sunday school class once a month so as his pastor for character reference.”

For several years, some New Jersey legislators have proposed laws that would require boards of education to allow home-schooled students to participate in school sports. None have ever come close to being passed.

Paul Dobbs

December 6, 2016