Board of Education Policy 8470: Home Instruction – Home Schooling

The School District will reasonably cooperate with parents who wish to provide home instruction for their children. 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

The School District is not permitted to award home-instructed students 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

In accordance with Commissioner’s Regulations and State Education Department guidance, school districts are required to limit participation in interscholastic and intramural sports to students enrolled in the school. Home-instructed students are, however, permitted to participate in other school-sponsored club and extracurricular activities.

b) Textbooks and Materials

Though the School District may not be required to loan textbooks, computer software, and library materials to home-instructed students, the District will make every effort to loan such materials to home-schooled students, subject to availability after the District has satisfied its legal obligations.

c) Health Services

The School District’s obligation to furnish school health services to students attending their schools does not extend to home-schooled students.

d) Remedial Programs

The District is not permitted to provide home-schooled students access to remedial programs.

e) Career and Technical/Gifted Education

The District is not permitted to provide Occupational and Vocational Education programs (career and technical education) nor programs for the Gifted to home-instructed students.

f) Special Education Services

Solely for the purpose of Education Law Section 3602-c, home-instructed students with disabilities are deemed to be students enrolled in and attending a nonpublic school, which enables them to receive special education services, as well as to be included for computation of state aid for such education by the District.

The Committee on Special Education (CSE) will develop an Individualized Education Services Program (IESP) for the student. The IESP shall be developed in the same manner and with the same content as an IEP. The designated District administrator will determine a location where special education services are to be provided to a home-instructed student. This location may, but is not required to be, in the student’s home.

g) Use of School Facilities

Students instructed at home shall be allowed to use school facilities consistent with the provisions set forth herein and 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, 3602-c(2-c), and 4402
8 NYCRR Sections 100.10, 135.4(c)(7)(ii)(b)(2) and 200.2(a)

Adopted August 14, 2018