Attendance FAQ

When is attendance due?

If you choose to report attendance each quarter, attendance is due at the beginning of each calendar quarter for the previous quarter.

                      October/November/December attendance is due January 1
                      January/February/March attendance is due April 1
                      April/May/June attendance is due July 1
                      July/August/September attendance is due October 1.

If you choose to have a standing report for attendance, a report will be entered for you each quarter.


What counts?

Every day counts.

Depending on your philosophy about home education, whether you are an unschooler or a traditional homeschooler or something in between, you will be more or less flexible about what "counts" as a day in your records. That decision is completely up to you.

But as far as checking in to report attendance, every day counts so there is no need for you to count days.


How many days are required?

Your child is required to have at least 180 days of attendance each school year. Of course, your child is there every day. :) 


When does my school year begin and end?

You decide how you want to think of your school year. Think about how you want to unschool or homeschool, how you want to manage your records, and choose a school year that suits you. Some parents follow a traditional school year, some homeschool year-round, and some don't think of learning in those terms. 



What about the days before Florida Unschoolers enrollment?

If your child was of school age, he was enrolled/registered somewhere else before you enrolled him with Florida Unschoolers. Then you changed your mind and enrolled him here. Whether you made the switch at the beginning of your school year or in the middle, anything before that was counted somewhere else.



Don't I need to report what we are doing?

I am sure you are doing a wonderful job and putting immense energy into providing for your child's education. But I don't need to check on you. I don't need a summary or information about what you have been doing.  



But my neighbor doesn't have to report attendance . . .

If you are talking to your neighbor who homeschools, she may say she doesn’t have to report attendance. She is most likely registered with the county as a homeschooler and does not have to report attendance. That’s a completely different legal option from enrolling in a private school, like Florida Unschoolers.



Standing Report for Attendance

Some parents choose to have a standing report for their child's attendance. Instead of checking in each quarter, the report is entered for you. There is more information on this option here: Attendance Reporting -- Two Options.