Why not have a team on all sports events for home school children? Then they can compete and qualify like everyone else. Come on, it can’t be that difficult. All children, regardless of what education they are enrolled at, deserve to be treated like everyone else. Kudos to this child, she was bullied and still wants to be included. That takes guts. Schools not letting her tag onto their team, just an adult form of bullying.
It’s disappointing and quite narrow minded of the local schools to be excluding children in this way. Who cares if there is a ‘qualifying race’, it’s not the Olympics. Simply make an exception and let her compete. Anything less is childish and petty. Mikayla Nielson, a fantastic age group triathlete, was home schooled and went on to represent NZ at the Youth Olympics.
This sort of ‘we know best, do as you’re told or get out’ attitude from public schools is what’s driving people out of mainstream schooling in the first place. For goodness sake, why is it so hard to just let her run? If she has to be affiliated with a school, why are the schools finding it so hard to let her wear their jerseys? Schools are supposed to be part of the community. They should be welcoming this kid and her family.
Easy: join an athletics club and do inter club athletics. Race against your times, and be the best you can be. Same goes for all club sports at any level.
You opted out of the school system. You cannot opt in to the bits you want to. That is the choice you make. Its an inter SCHOOL competition.