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Important information regarding home school/charter school participation in athletics

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The value of extracurricular activities upon students’ wellbeing has been validated through many research studies and Berkeley County School District stands strong in our advocacy for these programs. It is in these vital programs that young people learn lifelong lessons as important as those taught in the classroom – lessons about leadership, teamwork, communication, and commitment. These extracurricular activities support the academic mission of our schools, are inherently educational, and foster success in later life.

Two new statutes concerning participation in District activities were recently signed into law by the Governor. The new laws allow charter school students, home school students, and governor’s school students to try out for and, if selected, participate in the District’s extracurricular activities (charter school students) and interscholastic activities (home school students). Provided certain eligibility requirements are satisfied, these students may participate at the student’s residence-zoned school. Our efforts are to support these new laws and to ensure a seamless transition into the programs at our schools.

Extracurricular activities in our schools are defined as activities that do not fall within the scope of the regular curriculum and carry no academic weight, but are associated with the curriculum and sponsored by the district. Interscholastic Activities are defined as extracurricular activities involving competition between schools. To participate in an activity, a student must complete the “Extracurricular Activity Participation and Permission Form” and include all required documentation listed within that form. This form can be obtained at any school, directly from the District Office or from the link below.

Home School/Charter School Extracurricular Participation Application

Once the form is submitted in its entirety, the Office of Operations and Administration will notify both the student involved and the appropriate school that the student is eligible to try out or apply for membership in a particular extracurricular activity. Although the application is self-explanatory, we will be glad to assist with any questions that you may have.

Again, we welcome you to Berkeley County School District and wish you well. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Senior Associate Superintendent for Operations and Administration Deon Jackson at (843) 899-8377.