Fisher to look at home-schooled students' participation in sports

FISHER — The school superintendent will research how other districts handle home-schooled students who want to play on a high school sports team.

Carrie Spitz, speaking as well for her husband, Eric, asked if their daughter, Isabelle, a senior, can participate in extracurricular basketball.

Spitz said she's learned that the IHSA, the governing body for high school sports, leaves that decision up to each individual district. Spitz said the family has recently moved back to Fisher, but while they lived in Georgia, Isabelle played on the girls' team and enjoyed it and wants to continue playing. She said she understood Isabelle would have to be under similar eligibility rules as the other girls.

Superintendent Barb Thompson said she knows for sure of only one area district, Tolono Unity, that allows home-schoolers to participate in sports. She will contact other districts that do, learn about their guidelines and bring that information back to the board.

Board President Lesa Lammle said the board has in the past not approved similar requests. But the students have been allowed to participate in band lessons, not competitions, and speech and language classes.

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