Happy Spring to you!
My post last week informed you that if you are currently homeschooling your student is not required to have any type of assessment in order to homeschool for the 2020-2021 school year. So, what does that look like when you send in your paperwork this year? It will not be that different than what you have done in years past, but I will outline it here for you.
- Complete the Ohio Home Education Notification Form (Be sure to include an outline of topics you intend to teach and the curricula you are intending to use as per requirements in items 6 and 7 of the notification form.)
- It is optional to include a cover letter, but some families prefer to state the purpose of why their student is being homeschooled and what paperwork is being included with the notification form.
- Submit your paperwork to your local school superintendent’s office no later than the week your child’s school building begins school. otherwise, your daughter/ son will be considered truant. I would advise you to turn it in later July or early August so that your letter of excusal from the superintendent has been sent to you by the time school begins.
- Send your Ohio Notification Form by United States Postal Service by registered mail with a return receipt. I would not drop it off to the school office for a couple of reasons: 1. By sending it by registered mail with a return receipt you have proof that you notified the school district should it come into question that you did not notify. 2. Your paperwork could get lost. It has happened before! This is an extremely busy time for the administration and your paperwork could get mislaid.
- If you homeschooled last year (2019-2020) you do not need to submit an assessment along with your paperwork.
- That’s it! The superintendent’s office has 10 business days to send your student’s letter of excusal from compulsory education. If you do not receive the letter, your student is considered to be excused. I would follow up with the superintendent’s office if you did not receive your excusal letter. You want to have proof from the school district that you are legally homeschooling your child.
If you have any legal questions you can contact Home School Legal Defense. I am not a lawyer and would advise you to contact them should you have any concerns regarding homeschooling.