School Board of Alachua County
Bylaws & Policies
 

9270 - HOME EDUCATION PROGRAMS

A "home education program" means the sequentially progressive instruction of a student directed by his/her parent in order to satisfy the attendance requirements set forth in State law.

Home education programs are excluded from meeting the day or hour requirements of the school day or school year.

Establishment of a Home Education Program

Parents residing in the District seeking to establish a home education program for their child shall notify the Superintendent of their intent to establish and maintain a home education program.

The notice shall be in writing, signed by the parent, and shall include the names, addresses, and birthdates of all children who shall be enrolled as students in the home education program.

The notice shall be filed in the Superintendentís office within thirty (30) days of the establishment of the home education program. If the student has been attending a public school, the parents should immediately withdraw the student from school and notify the District of the establishment of the home education program within five (5) days to prevent issues with compulsory attendance laws.

Parents establishing and maintaining a home education program are not required to hold a valid regular Florida teaching certificate.

A written notice of termination of the home education program shall be filed in the Superintendentís office within thirty (30) days after said termination.

Portfolios

Parents who establish a home education program shall maintain a portfolio of records and materials. As required by State law, the portfolio shall consist of the following:

 A.a log of educational activities that is made contemporaneously with the instruction and that designates by title any reading materials used; and

 B.samples of any writings, worksheets, workbooks, or creative materials used or developed by the student.

The portfolio shall be preserved by the parent for two (2) years and shall be made available for inspection by the Superintendent, if requested, upon fifteen (15) daysí written notice.

Annual Educational Evaluation

Parents who establish a home education program shall provide for an annual educational evaluation documenting their childís demonstration of educational progress at a level commensurate with his/her ability. The parent shall select the method of evaluation and shall file a copy of the evaluation annually with the Superintendentís office in the District. The annual educational evaluation shall consist of one (1) of the following:

 A.A teacher selected by the parent shall evaluate the studentís educational progress upon review of the portfolio and discussion with the student. Such teacher shall hold a valid regular Florida certificate to teach academic subjects at the elementary or secondary level.

 B.The student shall take any nationally normed student achievement test administered by a certified teacher.

 C.The student shall take a state student assessment test used by the District and administered by a certified teacher, at a location and under testing conditions approved by the District.

 D.The student shall be evaluated by an individual holding a valid, active license pursuant to the provisions of F.S. 490.003(7) or (8).

 E.The student shall be evaluated with any other valid measurement tool as mutually agreed upon by Superintendent and the parent.

The Superintendent shall review and accept the results of the annual educational evaluation of the student in a home education program.

If the student does not demonstrate educational progress at a level commensurate with his/her ability, the Superintendent shall notify the parent, in writing, that such progress has not been achieved.

The parent shall have one (1) year from the date of receipt of the written notification to provide remedial instruction to the student. At the end of the one (1) year probationary period, the student shall be reevaluated as specified in State law. Continuation in a home education program shall be contingent upon the student demonstrating educational progress commensurate with his/her ability at the end of the probationary period.

If the annual educational evaluation is not completed and submitted to the Superintendent on or before the anniversary of the establishment of the home education program, the Superintendent shall notify the parents of the omission. The parents will then have no more than thirty (30) days to complete and submit the annual educational evaluation. Failure to submit the annual educational evaluation will result in the termination of the home education program.

Home Education Student Participation in Certain Activities

In accordance with Florida law, home education program students may participate in certain activities associated with the District. These activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

 A.interscholastic extra-curricular student activities

 B.dual enrollment programs

 C.District virtual instruction programs

Furthermore, home education program students may also enroll in one (1) or more courses provided by the District for students in grades K though 12. If the home education program student enrolls in one (1) or more courses, the student shall be subject to the rules and expectations that apply to all other enrolled students.

When home education students seek to engage in any District programs or services, the parent shall comply with the residency verification required by State law and Policy 5112 -- Entrance Requirements.

Exceptional Student Education

Parents of students not enrolled in the District who suspect that their child may have a disability or may be gifted should contact the Districtís exceptional student education office and request that their child be tested and evaluated. If requested to do so by a parent of a student suspected of having a disability or is gifted, the District shall perform testing and evaluation services for the child after the parent has met the requirements for engaging in the Districtís programs or services, as outlined above.

If it is determined that a child meets eligibility requirements for exceptional student education, his/her parent(s) may enroll the child in the District so that the child may receive specially-designed instruction and related services. The District is not obligated to provide ESE instruction and services to eligible students who are not enrolled in the District.

F.S. 1001.32(2), 1001.41, 1001.42, 1002.20, 1002.41, 1003.01, 1003.21, 1003.26
F.S. 1006.15, 1007.27, 1007.271

Adopted 7/17/07
Revised 4/19/16

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