Home-school advocates in Juab School District oppose mandatory testing of their students but favor allowing home-school students to choose and participate in school activities.
They got their wish on the former but lost out on the latter, mainly because the High School Activities Association policy requires all students who participate in activities where they compete, from music to drama to sports, to be full-time students. Juab School Board adopted the association policy in school year 1989-90. Therefore, students in home schools are limited in the activities they can participate in by the policy of the High School Activities Association.School board members are preparing a policy governing home schools and had been through the first reading. The board reads and discusses a proposed policy, then waits for one month before voting to adopt the policy on a second reading.
After receiving negative comment from the area's home-schoolers, the board voted 3-2 against adopting a portion of the policy that would call for mandatory testing of all home-school students at the same time testing of students in regular school is done each year.
Board President Leon Pexton and board member Dale Fowkes both voted to retain the testing clause.
"I still feel it is a mistake not to require the testing," said Fowkes.
Following the failure of the proposed policy, board member Terry Menlove, proposed the board delete the clause calling for testing. She, however, also proposed the board insert a clause calling for all students participating in any activities to be at least half-time students at the schools.
Home-school students, while not permitted by the High School Activities Association policy to participate in competition between schools, can participate on a local level in activities. For example, they could play in the band but not in competition. They could attend assemblies if they pay the student fee.
Menlove, who said she would have preferred a clause calling for testing of home-school students said that becausethe testing was a bone of contention, she thought the district had chosen the best way in eliminating the clause from the policy. "What else could we do?" she asked.