An Act Regarding Participation by Private School Students in Extracurricular and Interscholastic Activities at Public Schools
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, this legislation affects the eligibility of certain students for sports teams and other extracurricular and interscholastic activities; and
Whereas, this 90-day period may not expire until after schools set their calendar for those activities for the fall; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §5021-A, sub-§2, as amended by PL 2013, c. 428, §§4 and 5, is further amended to read:
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
Current law allows a student at a private school that is recognized by the Department of Education as providing an equivalent instruction alternative to try out for extracurricular or interscholastic activities at a public school if the private school the student attends does not offer the same extracurricular or interscholastic activities, the principal of the public school approves and the student agrees to abide by other conditions.
This bill extends the same privilege to a student enrolled in an equivalent instruction program at a private school that is approved for attendance purposes by the Department of Education. Private schools that are approved by the department must meet standards for hygiene, health and safety and either be accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges or meet applicable requirements of Maine law pertaining to private schools and the department's requirements for approval for attendance purposes.