HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2149

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2020

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO INDIVIDUAL SPORTS.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that home-schooled students are part of the diverse fabric that make up our educational system in Hawaii. In 2016, nearly three thousand students in Hawaii were home-schooled. Parents who choose to home-school their children are responsible for their child's total educational program, including athletics and other extracurricular activities. Under Hawaii law, home-schooled students do not have the right to participate in public school activities, including sports. Although individual schools and complex areas have the authority to allow home-schooled students to participate in its activities, policies vary.

It is imperative for the State to ensure that all home-schooled students have equitable opportunities to succeed. Allowing home-schooled, high school-age students to participate in individual sports as unattached athletes is an important way in which the State can move toward equity in education.

The purpose of this Act is to allow home-schooled, high school-age students to participate as unattached competitors in individual sports available to the public school that the student would otherwise be required to attend.

SECTION 2. Chapter 302A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"302A-    Home school students; individual sports; participation. (a) Every high school student in the ninth, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade who:

(1) Is home-schooled in accordance with section 302A-1132; and

(2) Meets the participation requirements and restrictions for an individual sport, including maintaining the appropriate grade point average as required by the public school that the student would otherwise attend, paying appropriate fees, and signing a release and express assumption of risk waiver; provided that the requirements or restrictions of the release shall not be inconsistent with this section;

shall be allowed to participate as an unattached competitor in any individual sport at athletic events sanctioned by an educational athletic organization and available to the public school that the student would otherwise be required to attend.

(b) The department may adopt rules to effectuate this section and provide procedures by which an eligible student may apply to participate in individual sports.

(c) As used in this section, "individual sport" means a school-authorized sport that does not require team participation, including but not limited to air riflery, bowling, cross country, diving, esports, golf, judo, swimming, tennis, track and field, and wrestling."

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2050.


 


 

Report Title:

Home Schooling; High School; Individual Sports; Participation

 

Description:

Allows home-schooled, high school-age students to participate as unattached competitors in individual sports available to the public school that the student would otherwise be required to attend. Takes effect on 7/1/2050. (HD1)

 

 

 

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