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Eastbrook creates homeschooler policy

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com

The Eastbrook Community Schools Board of Trustees is considering a policy that would allow homeschooled students, or students who attend parochial or private schools, to take part in school activities. 

The policy, which passed on first reading Monday, would allow non-public school students to participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities such as music, sports and clubs at Eastbrook.

According to Eastbrook Superintendent Brett Garrett, there is a significant population of students surrounding Eastbrook who could benefit from this policy.

“(This) is a way to (not only) respect one’s right to make educational decisions for their children, but we might (also) have something to offer at Eastbrook that (students) can benefit from,” Garrett said. “It’s a good partnership to enhance their education and our Eastbrook community.”

Students would need to attend at least three classes at Eastbrook in order to participate in the co-curricular and extracurricular activities, Garrett said.

Now that the policy has passed on first reading, school board members can make changes to the policy before it goes before the board for a second reading.

But school board member Danny Combs doesn’t expect any changes to take place.

Combs feels that the three class policy is the right call, rather than only making students attend one or two classes to be able to participate in activities.

“We want to offer an opportunity to homeschoolers, but we also want to protect the kids who have made a commitment (to Eastbrook),” Combs said. “One class is a little too lenient.”

This policy has been discussed at the school district for years, partly because nearby families who don’t attend Eastbrook have asked if they can become more involved in the school, Combs said.