When a parent or guardian of a student below the age of 16 wishes to establish a home-based educational program for his/her child, the following procedures will be followed in accordance with the law:
Prior to removing the child from public school the parent/guardian must:
- Submit written notification of establishment of a home-based program to the appropriate administrator 14 days before the program is established, and resubmit notification on an annual basis as long as the child or children are being educated in a home-based environment.
- Certify in writing, on a form provided by the district, the name, age, place of residence, and number of hours of attendance of each child in the program.
The Superintendent will give notice to produce the records required by law if there is probable cause to believe the program is not in compliance with the law. Factors to be considered by the Superintendent or Committee in deciding whether or not to approve a home education proposal may be:
- The proposed curriculum and the number of hours of instruction in each of the proposed subjects.
- The competency of the parents to teach the children.
- The textbooks, workbooks and other instructional aids to be used by the children and the lesson plans and teaching manuals to be used by the parents.
- Periodic standardized testing of the children to ensure educational progress and the attainment of minimum standards.
MSC first vote: 11/18/14
MSC second vote: 12/9/14