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HOME INSTRUCTION (HOME SCHOOLING)
Policy # 8470
From time to time, parents will choose to instruct their children at home. Although New York State law does not recognize home schools as private elementary or secondary schools, the School District will attempt to cooperate with parents who wish to provide home schooling for their children realizing that the child who is educated at home should receive an education in a manner consistent with an educational plan and at least substantially equivalent to that given to students of like age and attainments in the local public schools. The required subjects should be taught in a competent, systematic, and sequential manner, specifically in relation to the required courses as enumerated in Commissioner's Regulation Section 100.10.
Primary responsibility for determining compliance with Commissioner's Regulations addressing home instruction rests with the Superintendent of Schools of the school district in which a home-instructed student resides.
Provision of Services to Home-Instructed Students
They are not awarded a high school diploma. A high school diploma may only be awarded to a student enrolled in a registered secondary school who has completed all program requirements set by the Board of Regents, the school or the District.
a) Extracurricular Participation
Students instructed at home are not eligible to participate in interscholastic sports. Commissioner's Regulations mandate that only students enrolled in the public school are allowed to participate in interscholastic sports. The School District does not permit home-instructed students to participate in intramural and other school-sponsored extracurricular activities. Home School children can’t participate in credit bearing courses.
b) Textbooks and Materials
The District shall not provide textbooks and other materials to home-instructed students.
c) Health Services
The School District is not required to furnish health services.
d) Remedial Programs
The District is not responsible for providing remedial programs.
e) Career and Technical/Gifted Education
The District is not authorized to provide Occupational and Vocational Education programs (career and technical education) nor programs for the Gifted to home-instructed students.
f) Special Education Services
Home-instructed students may not participate in the instructional program of the School District except for special education programs and services the District is required to offer.
The District shall offer a home-instructed student with disabilities the special education services as addressed in the approved Individualized Education Program (IEP) by the Committee on Special Education. However, there is no requirement that such services be provided in the student's home. Further, the District shall conduct a census and register of students with disabilities who reside in the District in accordance with Education Law and Commissioner's Regulations.
g) Use of School Facilities
Students instructed at home shall not be allowed to use school facilities, except as provided for community organizations in Policy #3280 -- Use of School Facilities, Materials and Equipment.
Education Law Sections 3204, 3205, 3210(2), 3212(2), 3240-42, 3602-c and 44028 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Sections 100.10, 135.4(c)(7)(ii)(b)(2) and 200.2(a
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