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Attendance FAQ

When is attendance due?

Attendance is due at the beginning of each calendar 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.

What counts?

Every day counts.

Depending on your philosophy about homeschooling, whether you are an unschooler or a school-at-homer 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?

You are required to report at least 180 days of attendance each school year. Of course, your child is there every day but you do need to submit an attendance report each quarter, which confirms that you have been unschooling or homeschooling for the past quarter and you want your child to continue with Florida Unschoolers.

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.

Yes, you can change your mind later.

What about the days before FU enrollment?

If your child was of school age, he was enrolled/registered somewhere else before you enrolled him with FU. 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, you report attendance each quarter. 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. All I need is an attendance report each quarter, submitted on time.

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 has most likely filed her Letter of Intent with the county and is using the HEP option and does not have to report attendance. That’s a completely different legal option from enrolling in a private school, like Florida Unschoolers.

What if I don't report attendance?

Your child's enrollment will be terminated.

You will need to register your child with your county as a homeschooler or enroll him in a different school.