According to §22.1-254.1 (A), a parent must submit a Notice of Intent (shown below) or personal letter to the division superintendent by August 15 each year he provides home instruction.
- Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction (5338) – Revised effective July 1, 2012
- Providing a Description of Curriculum
- Find Your Superintendent and Where to Send Your Notice of Intent.
Chesterfield County Residents:
Please send your NOI to:
Superintendent of Chesterfield County
c/o Carolyn Hansinger, Home Instruction Specialist
Chesterfield County Public Schools
13900 Hull Street Road
Midlothian, VA 23112
New Homeschool Webinar
This webinar is designed specifically to answer your questions about the law and testing requirements.
It’s important to understand your rights as a parent and to know the correct application of the Virginia homeschool law. Let’s discuss some of the questions asked by new and veteran homeschoolers:
Second, you must provide proof that you have met one of the four options listed above by attaching appropriate verification.
- Option (1), which requires you to hold a high school diploma, can be satisfied by attaching a copy of a high school diploma or higher degree from either parent. If you’re unable to locate your diploma, request a copy of your transcript from your high school or college and attach a copy of your request letter to the NOI form or your letter. Include a note stating you will supply the information as soon as it arrives.
- Option (2) may be used if you area certified tutor or teacher, and can be satisfied by attaching a certificate or letter of eligibility indicating current Virginia teacher certification.
- Option (3) requires you to use a program of study or curriculum through a correspondence course or distance learning program, and can be satisfied by including evidence of enrollment, such as a receipt for payment, letter of acceptance, or enrollment contract; or for an individualized curriculum, a copy of the table of contents or scope and sequence.
- Option (4) requires that you provide evidence that you are able to provide an adequate education for your child, and can be satisfied by a well-written letter indicating why you are able homeschool your child. You might briefly state that because you are the parent, you know your child best and you are able to determine his academic needs. You might also say you plan to exercise diligence in teaching your child and will be using a well-planned curriculum that will include the following subjects, and list the subjects that will be taught. Although the superintendent cannot judge your reasons, he will consider whether your statement exhibits a mastery of language, including basic grammar, and spelling.
Third, parents who comply with the homeschool statute are required to submit a description of curriculum with the Notice of Intent. The description is limited to a list of subjects to be studied during the coming year for each child. Examples of subjects could include math, algebra, geometry, history, world history, American history, handwriting, science, biology, physics, language arts, grammar, composition, British literature, music, art, rhetoric, Latin, foreign language, macroeconomics, etc.
If you are unable to resolve the division superintendent’s request or decision, you may make an appeal to an independent hearing officer within thirty days. You must inform your superintendent that you request an appeal. An independent hearing officer will be chosen to hear both sides of the disagreement according to §22.1-254.1(E).
- respectfully ask him to put his decision and/or requirements in writing and to mail you a copy;
- discuss the requirements of the law with experienced homeschoolers, or give our HEAV office a call (804-278-9200)–we have LOTS of experience and are here to help and answer questions;
- seek legal counsel, if necessary; and,
- if all else fails, within thirty days you may appeal his decision before an independent hearing officer. The cost of the hearing will be apportioned by the hearing officer based on his findings.
A school board shall excuse from attendance at school any pupil who, together with his parents, by reason of bona fide religious training or belief is conscientiously opposed to attendance at school. For purposes of this subdivision, “bona fide religious training or belief” does not include essentially political, sociological or philosophical views or a merely personal moral code…
In addition, §22.1-254(H)(5) states that children who are excused under religious exemption are excused from all provisions of the compulsory attendance law, including the homeschool requirements listed in §22.1-254.1.
The Notice of Intent–which is not for those homeschooling under religious exemption–shows how you have complied with the homeschool statute §22.1-254.1. Under this statute, you must provide yearly evidence of compliance (options i, ii, iii, or iv), a description of your curriculum, and an end-of-the-year assessment.
With religious exemption, you have complied with a different section of the Virginia Code §22.1-254 (B)(1), and you are not under these requirements.