A school district must allow any home schooled student in their district to participate in the district's extracurricular activities. These are the activities that are subject to the provisions of 24 P.S. § 5-511, including, but not limited to, clubs, musical ensembles, athletics and theatrical productions, interscholastic athletics, varsity sports and intramural sports, with certain qualifications. School districts have established policies which identify what programs are Sec. 511 activities and are therefore, available for home education students’ participation.
The law also includes all activities related to competitive sports contests, games, events or exhibitions involving individual students or teams of students whenever such activities occur between schools within the school district or between schools outside of the school district.
If the activity requires completion of a physical examination or medical test as a condition of participation and offers the physical examination or medical test to students enrolled in the school district, the school district must permit a child who is enrolled in a home education program to access such physical examination or medical test. The school district is required to publish the dates and times of these physical examinations or medical tests in a publication of general circulation in the school district and on its publicly accessible Internet website.
In order to participate, the student must:
- Meet the eligibility criteria or their equivalent for participation in the activity that apply to students enrolled in the school district
- Meet the tryout criteria or their equivalent for participation in the activity that apply to students enrolled in the school district
- Comply with all policies, rules and regulations or their equivalent of the governing organization of the activity
See 24 P.S. § 13-1327.1 (f.1).