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Home-schoolers can play on Fairfield teams

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

BENTON — Fairfield is allowing eligible home-schooled students to play for its school teams.

According to a Saturday, July 13, article in The Goshen News, the Fairfield school board approved an application process that will allow home-schooled student-athletes to play on Fairfield teams.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association passed a set of guidelines in May that allow qualified home-schooled students to join sports teams at local high schools. The IHSAA rules required that the student must be passing home-schooled courses for three consecutive years, pass a physical test, live in the district where they want to play, complete all state-required school testing and attend at least one class a day at their local public high school.

Fairfield athletic director Mark Hofer told The Goshen News that Fairfield administrators made the IHSAA guidelines “more stringent.”

In order to play for Fairfield teams, students would also have to take ISTEP and Graduating Qualifying Exam courses on the subjects they’ll be tested in, such as math and language arts.

Hofer told The Goshen News that he has received “a few casual inquiries about home-school students playing sports” and that the application process and requirements will be available on the Fairfield Community School website.

Hofer and Fairfield Superintendent Steve Thalheimer were unavailable for comments on this story.