Q. Should I keep a record of the days and hours of home instruction and if so, to whom do I submit it?

A. The compulsory attendance law in §22.1-254(A) states that a parent or guardian must send a child to school (public, private, denominational, parochial; or have a child tutored; or provide home instruction) during the same days and hours that public schools are in session.

However, under the homeschool law in §22.1-254.1–where we find the detailed requirements with which homeschool parents must comply–providing a record of days and hours is not required. The homeschool law does not require verification of days and hours. Neither does it include a way for homeschoolers to submit this information, a date when they are to submit it, or a person to whom they are to submit it.

Any attendance records you would like to keep would be for your own personal reference. You are not required to send them to anyone.


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  1. Kim Hebb says:

    Thank you for that information, I really was just wondering if i needed to record my homeschooling days and hours … so good I am not required to, I wont 🙂

  2. THFrazier says:

    Yes, thank you so much for this information. This is my 1st “official” year of homeschooling. I have been trying to find the answer to this question since June. Each person I asked referred me to someone else. It’s the one question I left the convention without an answer to & now here it is in my inbox unexpectedly.I wasn’t sure if this was information we needed just in case like immunization records.Anyway, thanks again for this and all the other valuable information, resources, and support you provide.