by Amy Wilson, VaHomeschoolers Director of Government Affairs
Discussion Group on Homeschool Sports Access
The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers (VaHomeschoolers) has been invited to participate in a series of meetings on the subject of public school sports access for homeschooled students in Virginia. The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) is hosting the series of five meetings, which will begin this month and continue into October. The goal of the discussion group is “to bring all the [involved] parties together to talk, listen, and learn from one another, especially on matters that impact our children,” VSBA explained. The meetings will be open to the public, and public comment is welcome.
In addition to VaHomeschoolers and VSBA, participants will include the Virginia High School League (VHSL), the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS), and a high school athletic director from Fairfax County. VSBA has announced that “school board members from around the state” also will be participating. While VaHomeschoolers’ previous efforts to find common ground through meetings with VHSL have not met with success, we have agreed to participate in this discussion group because we are optimistic that it may be a good-faith effort in which all parties are open to listening to one another and seeking a reasonable compromise.
Schedule of Upcoming Meetings
The Discussion Group will hold a series of four meetings:
- July 30, Richmond Marriott, 500 East Broad Street, Richmond. 2:30-4:00 p.m.
- August 21, VSBA Office, 200 Hansen Road, Charlottesville. 1:00-3:00 p.m.
- September 24, VSBA Office, 200 Hansen Road, Charlottesville. 1:00-3:00 p.m.
- October 4, VSBA Office, 200 Hansen Road, Charlottesville. 1:00 p.m.
What You Can Do
You can help to make these meetings a success by getting involved.
- You can contact your local school board representative to let him or her know about your viewpoint on homeschool sports access. Ask your representative to support homeschooled students in his or her district who would like an opportunity to try out for public school programs. Refer him or her to VaHomeschoolers’ document,Reasons to Support Homeschool Sports Access. (Send the document as an attachment, or put a link in your email.)
- You can attend the meetings and share your views.
- You can share this message with homeschooling friends, homeschool co-ops and online discussion groups of which you are a member, and Virginia family, friends and neighbors who support homeschool sports access.
Remember: As we write letters or emails or speak to others, it’s important that we all do our best to represent the homeschooling community as a courteous group of families who are willing to work positively to resolve our differences.
If you have any questions or concerns about this legislation, or any other legislative issue, please contact Amy Wilson, VaHomeschoolers Director of Government Affairs.