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Wrapping Up the 2022 School Year

With the new school year just on the horizon, I wanted to remind you not to forget a couple of things.

  1. Have an assessment completed for each of your students if you are a returning homeschool family. At this point, you will need to have a homeschool assessment since you won’t get the results of a standardized test back in time. Contact me if you are in need of an assessor. I will be expedient in completing your assessment.
  2. Turn your notification paperwork in by the first week that your child’s building begins school. Remember, compulsory age in Ohio is six. You do not need to notify of your intent to homeschool if your child is not six when school begins.

I have included a link to the Ohio Home Education Notification Form in case you need it. FORM

Have a great day! ~Lisa~

Homeschool Notification Deadline

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School is just about to begin! I just wanted to remind you to turn in your notification form to the superintendent’s office two weeks before your child’s school building begins the academic year. This will insure that it will be received before the deadline established by the state of Ohio that states the notification form must be received no later than the week school begins. The superintendent has two weeks to respond to your  notification. If you do not receive your excusal from compulsory education within that time frame then your child is considered excused.

Please do not get concerned if your excusal letter is later than that since there are likely to be more people homeschooling as well as many details that the superintendent has to work out with the current situation of Covid-19.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

Letter of Intent for Homeschooling

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Did you receive a letter from your school district stating your student needs to have some type of assessment from this past year? There has been some confusion from some school districts concerning this year’s requirements. If you homeschooled for the 2019-2020 school year and are going to continue to do so for the 2020-2021 school year, you do not need to have your child assessed. Of course, I am happy to do an assessment for you this year if you wish. You can email me at: schoolmarmohio@me.com 

You may include this paragraph from the Christian Home Educators of Ohio’s website with your letter of intent this year if you like.

Sub.H.B. 164, Section 5 was approved by the Ohio Legislature on June 11, 2020 “…that Section 17 of H.B. 197 of the 133rd General Assembly be amended to read as follows:

(L) No school district shall require the parent of any student who was instructed at home in accordance with section 3321.04 of the Revised Code for the 2019-2020 school year to submit to the district superintendent the academic assessment report required under rule 3301-34-04 of the Administrative Code as a condition of the district allowing the student to continue to receive home instruction for the 2020-2021 school year.”

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

When to Notify

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This spring the Ohio State Board of Education reviewed the homeschool laws and there has been a revision that affects when you must turn in your notification form. Beginning this fall, your Notification of Intent to homeschool must be turned in “no later than the first week of the start of the public school building in which your child(ren) would attend in the  district of residence or within one week of the date on which the child begins to reside in the district or within one week from the child’s withdraw from a school.” If you would like to read the new revisions in their entirety, go to the CHEO website or CLICK HERE. The revisions are in red print.

Should you be in need or a Written Narrative Assessment/ Portfolio Review please contact me. I would love to help you meet the state requirement to continue to homeschool your child.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

Writing a Cover Letter for Homeschooling

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A cover letter is optional for sending your notification letter to the superintendent when you are notifying. However, it is a nice idea and the person who is receiving your papers can see what you have included in your packet of information. Here is a sample of what that might look like.

Homeschool Family

123 Street Name

Anytown, OH 45000

Superintendent Smith

123 Street Name

Anytown, OH 45000

 

Dear Superintendent Smith,

This is to inform you that we will be homeschooling our child___name of student____, for the 20__-20__ school year. Attached are the following documents: the Home Notification Form, a list of the intended textbooks and curricula we are using, and list of the intended topics we will be studying.

Sincerely,

Your Name

No other information is needed to send to the superintendent unless you homeschooled last year. Which in that case, you will need to either send in test results from a nationally standardized test, or have a written portfolio form signed by an Ohio certified teacher (such as myself), or some other option that has already been approved by the superintendent. An example of that would be a certified teacher from a different state.

Have a terrific school year!

~Lisa