The Graves County Board of Education is exploring the idea of allowing homeschooled elementary students to participate in extracurricular activities - including football - organized by the school district. Such a move would make Graves County one of only a handful of Kentucky school districts to allow participation from homeschoolers.
Board member Kevin Curtsinger said a committee created at last Thursday’s regular board meeting came about after the parents of homeschooled children petitioned the board to consider their children's participation.
“There’s a lot of factors that go into it," Curtsinger said. "Like insurance on the kids playing, and also they’re not a member of our system, so that also makes it a tough decision.”
Curtsinger says only five Kentucky school districts currently allow homeschooled elementary students to participate in school-organized activities. Homeschooled students' participation in district sports beyond the elementary level is not allowed in the state.