Student athletes topic of discussion |

Student athletes topic of discussion

Home-schooled students participating in public school sports and restraints on handicapped students are some of the topics at the Douglas County School District board of education meeting today.

The board will vote on a recommendation from secondary school principals not to allow the participation of home-schooled students in sanctioned Nevada Interscholastic Activity Association high school sports. There will be a second vote if the board decides against the recommendation.

The second vote concerns whether home-schoolers may be given the opportunity to play in sports that don’t release or cut players prior to the start of the season, such as track, said Roy Casey, assistant superintendent of the district.

Nevada legislators recently provided home-schoolers the opportunity to play sports if given a school district’s approval. The principals of schools serving students from ninth to 12th grade weighed the positives and negatives of the issue.

The positives included physical fitness for home-schoolers, the possible re-entry into the public school system and social interaction.

Issues regarding the negative aspects included alienation of public school students in sports and added responsibilities of coaches.

Other board items:

The school board will vote on an enhancement to a policy regarding restraints on mentally or physically handicapped students.

Assistant Superintendent Casey said the district can restrain a special education student under a Nevada law adopted last summer. He cited examples of a mentally handicapped student suddenly running from a group during a field trip or a student who suffers from seizures or cerebral palsy.

“The new policy will be more specific,” Casey said. “It gives a better guideline, such as bringing definition to what aversive prevention is, permissible uses and prohibition. It’s going to help all of us to have those guidelines.”

The board will also vote on revisions to the district’s school safety plan. State legislation mandates school boards to review their policy and make revisions when necessary. One revision involves principals using a checklist of places in the school where students can hide.

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