Saturday, July 07, 2007

Augusta County Home Instruction Notice of Intent

This is the text of the notice of intent (NOI) provided by the Augusta County public schools for use by homeschooling parents (and the file you click on is titled "Home School Application"):

Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instruction

I am requesting authorization to provide home instruction for the child(ren) listed below as provided for by §22.1-254.1 of the Code of Virginia (1950) as amended, in lieu of having them attend school.

This request is for the school year: 20_____ to 20_____

Last Name First Name Middle Name Date of Birth Grade

Please write the name of the school your child(ren) would attend if enrolled in a public school:

As prescribed in §22.1-254.1 of the Code of Virginia, I have included or will provide the school division with a description of the curriculum and evidence of having met one of the below criteria along with this Notice by August 15 of each year. If I begin home instruction after the school year has started, I will submit this Notice as soon as practicable and comply with the other requirements within 30 days of this Notice to the school division.

I understand that by August 1 of next year, I must provide evidence of educational achievement as prescribed in Section §22.1-254.1 of the Code of Virginia, which defines the requirements for home instruction.

I wish to be recognized as eligible to provide home instruction by selecting the option indicated below. (Check one)

__I have a high school diploma. (Attach copy of documentation and description of the program.)

__I have the qualifications prescribed by the Board of Education for a teacher. (Attach copy of teaching certificate or statement to this effect from the Virginia Department of Education and description of the program.)

__I have enrolled the child (children) in a correspondence course approved by the Board of Education. (Attach the notice of acceptance or other evidence of enrollment showing name and address of school. Also, attach a list of courses in which each child is enrolled.)

__I have attached to this notice a program of study for the coming year, which includes the state Standards of Learning Objectives for language arts and mathematics for each child. Also, I have attached a statement, which states why I am able to provide an adequate education for my child or children.

I hereby certify that I am the parent/guardian of the child(ren) listed above and agree to comply with applicable policies and procedures.

Parent/Guardian Signature: ______________________
Date: ____________________
Telephone Number: ________________
Print or type name and address:

Return to:
Augusta County School Board
Attention: Assistant Superintendent for Administration
6 John Lewis Road
Fishersville VA 22939

❑ New Applicant
❑ Scores Verified _______________
❑ Academic Probation ________________
❑ Pending _________________________
Approved Date: __________________
❑ Notified school of W3

There are several problems with this form, which nobody is required to use when notifying the school they will be homeschooling their child, first of all. You can use it if you want, or not. Nothing in the home instruction statute requires it.

Second, you are not "applying," and you don't have to be "approved." You are notifying them that you will be homeschooling your child. All they do is check to see that you have demonstrated that you are qualified according to the information you've provided.

Third, it doesn't go to the school board. It should by law go to the superintendent of the school division or the person they designate to do the paperwork.

B. Any parent who elects to provide home instruction in lieu of school attendance shall annually notify the division superintendent in August of his intention to so instruct the child and provide a description of the curriculum to be followed for the coming year and evidence of having met one of the criteria for providing home instruction as required by subsection A.
In Augusta, it could be that all paperwork goes to the school board office--maybe that's where the school division operates out of, I don't know that, and it does say that the letter goes to the Assistant Superintendent for Administration, so that is probably ok.

[The school board only gets involved is someone is applying for a religious exemption to the compulsory attendance law--they would be reviewed by the school board then.]

And finally, the fourth option was changed in 2006 for the 2006-2007 school year to read:
Provides a program of study or curriculum which, in the judgment of the division superintendent, includes the standards of learning objectives adopted by the Board of Education for language arts and mathematics or provides evidence that the parent is able to provide an adequate education for the child.
So there are two choices when filing under the fourth option, kind of a 4a and 4b. It's an either/or, not both.

That's all that I noticed. I'd be interested to hear if anyone in Augusta Co has had any problems with their paperwork in the past.

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