Each public school district shall allow homeschool students to participate in athletics, fine arts, or activities within the district in which the child resides (South Dakota Codified Laws §13-36-7).
A homeschool student must also be permitted to enroll in a public school within the district on a part-time basis upon request from the student's parent or legal guardian (SDCL §13-28-51).
A homeschool student can obtain a loan of textbooks from the public school (SDCL §13-34-23).
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.
Please note: The information on this page has been reviewed by an attorney, but it should not be taken as legal advice specific to your individual situation.