Accurate and up-to-date information about the legal requirements for homeschooling is vital for homeschooling parents, families considering home education, and legislators and public school officials. An accurate understanding of what homeschooling families are and are not required to do in order to comply with the law is the best foundation for safeguarding homeschooling freedoms. Similarly, a clear understanding of the role of public school superintendents, school boards and staff in receiving homeschooling paperwork and ensuring compliance is the best route to building positive working relationships between homeschoolers and their local pubic school divisions.
Virginia Homeschooling – Quick Reference
VaHomeschoolers is pleased to offer the following documents that we believe will help homeschooling parents, school divisions and legislators all gain an accurate understanding of the various options available to Virginia’s home educators. While we are not licensed attorneys (and therefore these documents should not be construed as legal advice), we would like to share the expert knowledge we have gained through years of experience working with parents, public school superintendents and their staffs, as well as our history of working with legislators to craft and safeguard Virginia’s Home Instruction Statute and related laws.
These documents are provided at no cost, and may be copied and distributed as long as credit is given to The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers.
In Virginia, parents have three legal avenues for overseeing their children’s educations, in lieu of sending them to public or private school. Each of these options requires parents to communicate with their local school division. VaHomeschoolers has created this publication to clarify the roles of homeschooling families and school divisions regarding each educational avenue.
Virginia’s options for home education are simple in practice but incorporate a number of details that can be difficult to keep in mind, particularly with regard to some of the less-often used legal avenues. The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers (VaHomeschoolers) has created this publication to clarify the roles of homeschooling families and school divisions regarding each educational avenue.
The Home Instruction Statute was amended by the 2012 Virginia General Assembly to clarify the requirements of the curriculum description in § 22.1-254.1B. These amendments, effective July 1, 2012, are highlighted in this document.
VaHomeschoolers’ School Division Policy Review Project
VaHomeschoolers Government Affairs team reviewed home instruction policies and related materials on the websites of all Virginia public school divisions. We identified “All-Star Divisions” whose home instruction policies and other materials are up-to-date and in line with the law, and who allow part-time enrollment by homeschooled students.
To read more about the Review Project, see: VaHomeschoolers School Division Policy Review Project
To find out which school divisions made the cut, see: VaHomeschoolers All-Star School Divisions
If you have questions or concerns about these or any other homeschooling legislative or policy issues, please contact us at VaHomeschoolers Government Affairs. We look forward to hearing from you.