A bridge with homeschooling parents
of the goals of the SCS Board of Education is to "increase the
authentic engagement of ALL parents in the education of their children
and reach out to ensure all students are advocated for and provided an
opportunity to learn and thrive. We will establish an atmosphere of
trust and teamwork and provide our families, faculty and staff with an
increased 'voice' through open, honest two-way communication."
Consistent with that goal, Board of Education Member
Maureen Bernhardt is now serving as a liaison between the district and
parents of homeschooled children. In the voluntary, service-oriented
role, Bernhardt seeks to be "a bridge for homeschoolers who want to
become more involved in the district" or who are seeking information on
Bernhardt, who holds an associate's degree in early
childhood education, is herself a parent of children who are both
homeschooled and attend SCS schools. She hopes to tap her own experience
and desire to become more involved in the district by helping other
"I have homeschooled my own children in the
Schoharie School District for 15 years, and also have children who
attend SCS," Bernhardt said. "The district has a very inclusive policy
for homeschooled students, offering them many opportunities such as
afterschool clubs, activities and intramural athletics.
"While State Education Law prevents homeschoolers
from participating in interscholastic sports and credit-bearing
activities, there are many extracurricular offerings open to all
children in our district,” she noted. “This is just one area where
homeschooling parents have had questions in the past."
Bernhardt may be reached via email at
MBernhardt@schoharie.k12.ny.us, and homeschooling parents may
contact district administration for assistance at any time.
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