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HEAV asked the school board to remove policy language that inaccurately described the requirements for a description of curriculum. The inaccurate policy (IGBI) stated: A “description of the curriculum” is a broad overview of what the parent plans to teach the child in each course during the coming school year. Parents may use a narrative or an outline format in providing this information.

After several months of follow-up and tracking by HEAV’s legislative and school board monitor teams, the district approved the removal of policy language that was inconsistent with the homeschool law. However, the final draft has not yet been posted on an agenda or on the district’s website. On 11/01, HEAV followed up again with the school board chair and the director of instruction to report this. HEAV is hopeful that Albemale will make the final change soon.

We are thankful to Albemarle for their effort to ensure their policies are consistent with the Virginia Code.

What You Should Know:

  • The law states: “Any parent who elects to provide home instruction…shall…provide a description of the curriculum, limited to a list of subjects to be studied during the coming year…”
  • Policies are not law. Policies should agree with the law. 
  • Reference: Home instruction law – §22.1-254.1(B), HEAV article – NOI Curriculum Description, HEAV Q&As – Description of Curriculum, Albemarle policies: Policy IGBI

HEAV is always available should you ever have questions or need assistance. Please contact us anytime at 804-278-9200 or via our contact form.

Patricia Beahr
HEAV Assistant Director of Government Affairs

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