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 of homeschool instruction 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!