Students who receive CPI (home school students) may participate in interscholastic sports, but they are subject to the same academic rule (“pass all classes”) as any other participant. Documenting compliance presents a unique challenge for schools with CPI students on their teams.
In cooperation with the largest organized group of home schooling families in Iowa, Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators , the Iowa Department of Education (DE) has drafted a form that high schools may send to a parent at the end of each grading period, asking the parent to certify that the student passed all coursework. The form also encourages a parent to call the school’s athletic director if the parent cannot truly certify that the student passed all.
Use of the form is not mandatory, but it is a means of impressing upon the families of CPI students that their students are held to the same standard, no more and no less, as regularly enrolled students. The form is on the Iowa High School Athletic Association (http://www.iahsaa.org/resource_center/Eligibility_Forms_Information/CPI_Student_Eligibility_Checklist_081910.pdf ) and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (http://www.ighsau.org/general/CPIstudentseligibilitychecklist.doc) websites, and is on the DE’s website at http://www.iowa.gov/educate/index.phpoption=com_co