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Home Schooling

In Ohio, parents interested in educating their children at home may do so by notifying their local school district superintendent and meeting the requirements of Ohio law to home school. If requirements are met, the district superintendent releases the student from required compulsory school attendance. This excuses the student and family from school attendance requirements in state law.  
 
Some member school districts have selected the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center to assist with the parental notification process for Home Education.  In these cases, the NwOESC would receive all information from parents wishing to home school their children, check to make sure all information is in place, and coordinate approvals in conjunction with the local district superintendent.  
 
Home education is recognized by section 3321.04 http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3321.04 of the Ohio Revised Code. Parents or guardians who decide to home school their students are completely responsible for choosing the curriculum and course of study. They select the curriculum and educational materials and take responsibility for educating their children. There is no state financial assistance for families who choose this option. 
 
To find out more information about the Home Education notification process, contact your local school district superintendent or Linda Schlosser, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent at the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center at 567-444-4807 or lschlosser@nwoesc.org
 
Please be mindful of the following notification time frame as stated in the ORC:

3301-34-03 Notification


(A) Consistent application of procedures and practices throughout the state by superintendents and parents is essential for children receiving home education and helps to safeguard the primary right of parents to determine the appropriate education for their child(ren).

A parent who elects to provide home education shall supply the following information to the superintendent no later than the first week of the start of the public school building the child would attend in the school 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 withdrawal from a school.

 Effective: 7/1/2019


Please see the official ODE statement below regarding academic assessment requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic: 

http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/Coronavirus/Frequently-Asked-Questions-Governor-DeWine%E2%80%99s-Scho#FAQ3997

37. How does H.B. 197 affect the requirements for the academic assessment report for the 2019-2020 school year from a parent of a home-school student making a subsequent notification as required by rule 3301-34-04 of the Ohio Administrative Code?

  • For Districts and Superintendents: Section 17(L) of H.B.197 prohibits a school district from requiring the parent of a home-school student to submit the results of a “standardized achievement assessment” as a condition for continuing to provide home education to a student. This prohibition reflects the reality that assessments (e.g., nationally normed, standardized achievement tests, Ohio state tests) could not be administered in the spring of 2020 due to public health orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consistent with the legislation, and irrespective of a parent’s previous assessment reporting choices, if a parent indicates that he or she is unable to submit either the “results of a nationally normed, standardized achievement test” (OAC 3301-34-04(B)(1)) or an “alternative academic assessment of the child's proficiency mutually agreed upon by the parent and the superintendent” (OAC 3301-34-04(B)(3)), the superintendent should not require an academic assessment report from a parent and should issue a letter of excuse as long as all other information submitted to the superintendent is determined to be in compliance with regulatory requirements.

    For parents who choose to demonstrate a home-school student’s achievement through a written narrative (OAC 3301-34-04(B)(2)), a superintendent should evaluate the written narrative by taking into consideration the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the student’s academic progress for the 2019-2020 school year. In accordance with the authority in section 17(I) of H.B. 197, the Superintendent of Public Instruction has extended the deadline in Ohio Administrative Code section 3301-34-04 to submit the written narrative for the 2019-2020 school year. The extended deadline to submit the written narrative is December 1, 2020. A superintendent should issue a letter of excuse that specifies the narrative will be provided by December 1, 2020.

    (This information will be updated if additional changes are made to home school subsequent notification requirements by either the State Board of Education or the Ohio General Assembly.)

    For Parents: Section 17(L) of recently enacted H.B.197 makes a short-term change to reporting requirements for parents of home-schooled students for 2019-2020. Typically, parents must submit to the local superintendent, at the time of subsequent notification, an academic assessment report for the child for the previous school year. The report can be in one of three formats: the results of a nationally normed, standardized test; a written narrative indicating that a portfolio of samples of the child’s work has been reviewed by a specified individual and that the child’s academic progress meets the child’s abilities; or an alternative academic assessment of proficiency mutually agreed upon by the parent and the superintendent.

    Section 17(L) of H.B. 197 exempts the requirement to provide the results of a “standardized achievement assessment” to the resident district as a condition of the district continuing to allow the student to be home schooled in the 2020-2021 school year. This exemption applies to the first and third of the three options (OAC 3301-34-04(B)(1) or (B)(3)). Parents should express to the superintendent of their school district of residence that they are exempted from the requirement due to the inability to have students tested.

    Parents who choose to utilize the written narrative option (OAC 3301-34-04(B)(2)) may use remote or virtual methods to obtain the written narrative so as to avoid any risk to the health or safety of students or others involved in the process. Additionally, the deadline to submit the written narrative has been extended pursuant to authority granted to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (H.B. 197, Section 17(I)) until December 1, 2020. District superintendents have been instructed to issue a modified letter of excuse that indicates the narrative will be provided by December 1, 2020. Upon the receipt of the narrative, and if the narrative complies with regulatory requirements, the superintendent may issue a permanent letter of excuse for the current school year.

    (This information will be updated if additional changes are made to home school subsequent notification requirements by either the State Board of Education or the Ohio General Assembly.)

    This answer was added 5/8/2020


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