Students who receive home instruction; participation in interscholastic programs, fees. (HB1475)

Introduced By

Del. Marie March (R-Floyd) with support from co-patrons Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun), Del. Bill Wiley (R-Winchester), Del. Wren Williams (R-Stuart), and Sen. John McGuire (R-Glen Allen)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Students who receive home instruction; participation in interscholastic programs. Prohibits public schools from joining an organization governing interscholastic programs that does not deem eligible for participation a student who (i) receives home instruction; (ii) has demonstrated evidence of progress for two consecutive academic years; (iii) is in compliance with immunization requirements; (iv) is a person of school age for whom public school is free; (v) has not reached the age of 19 by August 1 of the current academic year; (vi) is an amateur who receives no compensation but participates solely for the educational, physical, mental, and social benefits of the activity; (vii) complies with all disciplinary rules and is subject to all codes of conduct applicable to all public high school athletes; and (viii) complies with all other rules governing awards, all-star games, maximum consecutive semesters of high school enrollment, parental consents, physical examinations, and transfers applicable to all high school athletes. The bill provides that no local school board is required to establish a policy to permit students who receive home instruction to participate in interscholastic programs. The bill permits reasonable fees to be charged to students who receive home instruction to cover the costs of participation in such interscholastic programs, including the costs of additional insurance, uniforms, and equipment. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2028. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/30/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23103162D
12/30/2022Referred to Committee on Education
01/16/2023Assigned Education sub: K-12
01/17/2023Impact statement from DPB (HB1475)
01/17/2023Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 2-N)
01/25/2023Failed to report (defeated) in Education (10-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)


Bill Peabody writes:

The home schooled save taxpayers $12,000 to $19,000(Arlington) each.
This costs the government nothing.

Ronald N Quasebarth writes:

This should be a no brainer, it's the best of both worlds for student and school. Why not just try to be fair and flexible.