Due to the distance to the hosting school district, students enrolled in online charter schools may not have the extracurricular activity opportunities that are available to traditional brick-and-mortar school students. Two legislators are hoping to change that.

Rep. Scott Allen (R-Waukesha) and Sen. Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) have introduced a bill that would allow students to participate in extracurricular activities in their home school district even if they attend an online charter school in a different district.

“Extracurricular activities provide students with a well-rounded educational experience,” said Allen in a statement Wednesday. “Our virtual students deserve every opportunity afforded to all other Wisconsin students.”

According to Allen, approximately 7,000 students currently attend online charter schools via open enrollment statewide.