The Department of Education
still does not have a formal procedure in place for homeschoolers leaving
school systems and so, there remains much confusion on the part of many
directors on how to handle those transferring out of the school systems
into homeschooling. This holds particularly true for those students
receiving Special Education. However, the following has more or
less been the accepted procedure thus far.
If your child has been enrolled
in a school (public or private), you should notify the director and
the Special Education office of your district in writing that your child
is transferring into a private educational system. (sample
If the school has the transfer form available, you may fill it out with
the name of your homeschool (simply name your homeschool whatever you
You may also request a copy
of your child's records. Depending on the school, you may be asked
to cover the cost of copying said records. Your child's medical
and vaccination certificates should also be returned to you.
The ignorance of the legality
of homeschooling on the part of some school directors, district superintendents,
and school social workers has caused problems for some families wanting
to transfer their children to homeschooling. Should you confront
problems, please feel free to contact
us for help. A phone call or letter from our lawyer to the director
has always cleared up any misunderstandings.
A few things that parents with
children in Special Education should bear in mind:
-The transfer into homeschooling
does not mean that your child will lose his/her right to receive related
-Your child will continue to
receive the related services (therapies) that he/she is already receiving
when you start homeschooling.
-The IEP (Individualized Educational
Program) (See sample below in attachments) will be carried out by you and the therapist(s) once you start