8470 - HOME INSTRUCTION (HOME SCHOOLING)
8000 - Instruction
8470 HOME INSTRUCTION (HOME SCHOOLING)
Revisions History: 9/5/06, 11/3/14, 4/9/18
The School District will attempt to cooperate with parents who wish to provide home schooling for their children. The child who is educated at home should receive an education in a manner consistent with an educational plan and be at least substantially equivalent to that given to students of like age and attainments in the local public schools. The required subjects should be taught in a competent, systematic, and sequential manner, specifically in relation to the required courses as enumerated in Commissioner's Regulation Section 100.10.
Provision of Services to Home-Instructed Students
They are not awarded a high school diploma. A high school diploma may only be awarded to a student enrolled in a registered secondary school who has completed all program requirements set by the Board of Regents, the school or the District.
a) They are not eligible to participate in interscholastic sports. Commissioner's Regulations mandate that only students enrolled in the public school are allowed to participate in interscholastic sports.
b) The District is not required to loan available textbooks and other materials (e.g., library materials, microscopes, computer software, movie projectors).
c) The School District is not required to furnish health services.
d) The District is not responsible for providing remedial programs.
e) They may not participate in the instructional program of the School District except for special education programs and services the District is required to offer.
f) The District shall offer a home-instructed student with disabilities the special education services as addressed in the approved Individualized Education Program (IEP) by the Committee on Special Education. However, there is no requirement that such services be provided in the student's home. Further, the District shall conduct a census and register of students with disabilities who reside in the District in accordance with Education Law and Commissioner's Regulations.
g) Students instructed at home shall not be allowed to use school facilities, except as provided for community organizations in Policy #3280 -- Community Use of School Facilities.
Primary responsibility for determining compliance with Commissioner's Regulations addressing home instruction rests with the Superintendent of Schools of the school district in which a home-instructed student resides.