Q. Are homeschoolers required to follow the public-school required days and hours of instruction?

A. In 22.1-254 (A) the law says in part that parents shall homeschool “…during the period of each year the public schools are in session and for the same number of days and hours per day as public schools.” However, the homeschool statute, 22.1-254.1, does NOT require homeschoolers to keep any records of the days and hours parents teach. Neither does the homeschool law require homeschoolers to turn in forms or attendance records.

This gives you the freedom to go by a schedule that works best for your family. It does not prevent you from teaching year-round. In recent years, public school schedules have changed from district to district—some even have block schedules and year-round school!

With regards,



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  1. Amy says:

    I’m a little confused by this law. If homeschoolers aren’t required to keep records of teaching hours, why have the law at all? As long as homeschooled students are meeting the standardized testing requirements that show they are learning each year, why should there be a requirement that they be homeschooled during the same days and hours as public schools? My concern is that I do want to follow the law as best as possible, but one of the blessings of homeschooling is having a flexible schedule.

  2. Yvonne Bunn says:

    Amy, this was in the early homeschool law. Because it has not been enforced, we have left it alone.

  3. Amy says:

    OK. Thanks for the info, Yvonne.