Federal District Court ruled against a homeschooled student seeking to compel the school to allow part-time enrollment. Swanson v. Guthrie Independent School District No. 1-1, 942 F. Supp. 511 (W.D.Okl. 1996). The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld this decision. 135 F.3d 694 (10th Cir. 1998).

Things to keep in mind:

Public school access includes participation in public school classes, sports, activities, etc.

States use a unique vocabulary in this area: “extracurricular,” “cocurricular,” “curricular,” “interscholastic,” “program,” “activity,” etc. Care should be taken to distinguish one from another. When a state defines a word, it is important.

While athletic association rules are not “law,” public schools are generally constrained to operate within them, or their teams could be disqualified. We therefore refer to association rules of particular importance in a number of entries.

We strive toward keeping this information 100% up to date in this rapidly changing area of the law. However, this post should not be considered authoritative because of the possibility of unobserved changes in association rules, statutes, regulations, or case decisions, and because of lag time between changes and the publication of updates.