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Special Needs and Parents’ Rights

Posted on Aug 31 2014 by admin

Q. May I remove my preschooler with special needs from school and educate him at home? Are there additional requirements? A. According to the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA), school districts must locate, identify, and evaluate children aged 3–22 who have disabilities affecting educational performance. Local school systems then provide special-education services to these […]

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IEP and Notice of Intent

Posted on Aug 3 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Since my child had an IEP, is there anything extra I need to do when I file my Notice of Intent? A. Even though your child had an IEP for public school, there is nothing additional you need to do when filing to homeschool your child. Like all parents who comply with the homeschool […]

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Birth Dates Required by Superintendent

Posted on Jul 20 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Am I required to provide my child’s date of birth on my city’s Notice of Intent form? A. No, the Virginia homeschool law, §22.1-254.1, DOES NOT require parents to disclose the birth dates or the grade levels of their children in order to homeschool. Many parents are concerned about privacy issues. A name and […]

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Assessment Evaluators

Posted on Jul 12 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Who can evaluate my child in order to comply with the law? A. The answer depends on the option you have chosen for the evaluation. If you have filed a Notice of Intent form, you have several options for showing your child’s progress by August 1 each year. You may use a standardized achievement […]

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Testing If in Private School

Posted on May 5 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Should I send in test scores if my child is enrolled in a private school for her core classes, and I homeschool her for only one subject? A. You may or may not have to provide test scores, depending on what you did at the beginning of the school year. If you filed a Notice […]

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Notice of Intent Recipient

Posted on Mar 11 2014 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. When filing a Notice of Intent, should I send it to the superintendent’s office or to the person listed on the school division’s website? They are two different people. A. The Virginia homeschool statue requires parents to “notify the division superintendent” of their intention to homeschool their child. Because of the number of homeschoolers, […]

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Test if Beginning Mid Year

Posted on Dec 15 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. If I begin homeschooling in January, will I be required to test and send in the results by August 1? A. Yes, if you filed a Notice of Intent and begin homeschooling any time during the school year—even as late as April or May—you are required to submit test or evaluation  results by August […]

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Date of Birth Required

Posted on Oct 27 2013 by admin

Q. My superintendent’s office says my child’s date of birth is required for their database. Does the homeschool law require that I provide this information? A. The homeschool law does not require parents to submit a child’s date of birth in order to homeschool. A child’s name and identifiers such as DOB or a social […]

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Beginning After the Deadline

Posted on Sep 8 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Can I begin homeschooling now, even though it’s past the August deadline? A. Yes, according to the homeschool statute. Parents may begin homeschooling after the August 15 deadline for two reasons: 1) if they move into a new school division or 2) if they decide to homeschool after the school year begins. The Virginia […]

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Religious Exemption

Posted on Jun 12 2013 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I’ve filed a Notice of Intent for several years, and have now decided to change to religious exemption. Do I have to explain why I didn’t initially file under religious exemption?   A. If you write a letter to the school board expressing your religious convictions, it is not required to mention that you […]

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Homebound vs. Homeschool

Posted on Dec 12 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. What is the difference between “homeschooling” and “homebound instruction”? A. Homeschooling means you, the parent, are responsible for the education of your child. You choose the subjects to be taught, based on your child’s age and ability. You choose the curriculum and methods of teaching, plan the schedule, and teach the subjects or facilitate […]

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Notice of Intent Postmark

Posted on Aug 15 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Does my letter of intent need to be postmarked by August 15 or physically in my superintendent’s office by August 15th? A. Your Notice of Intent should be postmarked by the August 15 deadline. You can write a letter or use HEAV’s Notice of Intent form. If you mail it close to or on […]

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NOI–Do I need to list where classes are taken?

Posted on Aug 2 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. If my child takes two classes at a Christian school, should I include this information in the Notice of Intent or just in the list of  subjects as required? A. The law only requires you to list the subjects you plan to study for each of your children during the coming year–i.e., English, mathematics, history, […]

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Diploma Each Year With NOI

Posted on Jul 15 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. Do I have to send my diploma each year with my Notice of Intent since the superintendent should have it on file from previous years? A. Including a diploma or higher credential with your Notice of Intent verifies how you have complied with option (i) of the homeschool statute. If you have provided this […]

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Homeschool Diploma for Option 1

Posted on Jul 8 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I have a homeschool diploma signed by my parents. Can I use it for option (i) to homeschool my own children, or does a diploma have to be from a public school? A. The first option of the homeschool statute §22.1-254.1(A) states that any parent may provide home instruction in lieu of school attendance […]

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Certified Tutor Provision and Testing

Posted on Jun 29 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. As a certified tutor, am I required to send in standardized test scores? A. It depends on how you have complied with the law. As a Virginia certified teacher you have two options: 1) comply with the certified tutor statute, §22.1-254(A), or, 2) comply with the certified tutor option (the second option) of the […]

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Superintendent’s Address

Posted on Jun 16 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. To whom do I send my Notice of Intent, and where can I find the address? A. You should send your Notice of Intent form to your local school superintendent or his designee by August 15. The Virginia Department of Education publishes a list of superintendents and their addresses on the VDOE website. We […]

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Curriculum Description Form Incorrect

Posted on May 26 2012 by Yvonne Bunn

Q. I received a letter from my superintendent with what he termed the “new forms.” One includes a place to list the subjects and then a blank for the “objectives” of each subject. Is this required? A. The new law that goes into effect July 1, 2012, says parents must provide a “description of curriculum […]

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Notice of Intent and Birth Dates

Posted on Sep 22 2010 by Yvonne Bunn

This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers! This question, originally answered in 2010, is still accurate in 2012.   Q.  I filed my Notice of Intent and received a letter from the superintendent saying he couldn’t approve […]

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