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HOME SCHOOL/DUAL ENROLLMENT POLICY 4095

1. PHILOSOPHY

1.1 The Sevier School District Board of Education recognizes that a quality education is the right of every school age child everywhere; that it is the desire and responsibility of the Board to ensure a quality education for every school-age child in the Sevier School District in compliance with the compulsory education laws; that it is the duty of the Board to enforce the compulsory attendance laws by placing responsibility on parents to comply or to face penalty for noncompliance; that in all decisions what is best for the individual child and/or the children within the district boundaries will be the first consideration of decision-makers.

1.2 Sevier School District will make every effort to fulfill its obligation to the school age children within its jurisdiction by providing a free and appropriate public education (F.A.P.E.) that includes the courses prescribed by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) as well as a broad range of electives designed to equip students with the experiences to become academically, culturally, and consciously contributing citizens.

1.3 The Sevier School District Board of Education further believes that the educational needs of its students can best be met in the classrooms of the Sevier District schools where core curriculum and enrichment are taught by certificated teachers. However, the Board recognizes that if it is the wish of a parent to have his child/children educated in an alternative setting to public education, namely, home school, private school or Statewide Online program, the District will cooperate in suggesting an educational plan that sincerely promotes what is best for the child.

1.4 Sevier School District participates in dual enrollment with students who are attending private schools, the Statewide Online program, or homeschooled in accordance with UCA 53G-6-702. This dual enrollment would provide the student with the opportunities to participate in extra circular activities and for other for group activities that may not be available in the home school, private school or Statewide Online program.

1.5 Therefore, Sevier School District Board of Education recognizes that the home school, private school or Statewide Online program school may be a viable alternative to public school in some instances and that a parent can provide a quality education at home if he/she is qualified, dedicated, and sincere in the purpose for his/her choice.

1.6 When home school providers and public school officials agree on what is best for the child and both work to provide a quality education, the child will be the beneficiary.

1.7 The requirements and procedures herein described should be regarded as policy by the home school, private school or Statewide Online program school parent.

2 DEFINITIONS

2.1 Curriculum: the courses offered by an educational institution, herein used to refer to the course of study offered in Sevier School District schools as mandated by Utah law.

2.2 Home school: a school in which a parent educates his/her own child/children at home, not a group of unrelated children; attendees must be officially excused by the district from the compulsory public school attendance law.

2.3 Home school student: To be considered a home school student the child/children cannot be enrolled in any public school, to include online, or charter school unless dual enrollment has been granted by the Sevier School District.

2.4 Dual enrollment student: Any child who is enrolled in a regularly established private school, a home school, or Statewide Online program and is also enrolled as a student with a school in Sevier School District. A child cannot dual enroll with Sevier School District if currently enrolled in another public school other than Sevier including online or charter. Dual enrollment will only be allowed under reasonable circumstances and upon approval of District administration.

2.5 Online student: A child who participates in an online education program sponsored or supported by the State Board of Education, a school district, or a charter school and who generates funding for the school district or school under Utah Cone Ann. § 53F-2-102(4) and State Board of Education Rules.

2.6 Extracurricular Activity: Any interscholastic competition of athletic teams sponsored and supported by a public school; or an interscholastic contest or competition for music, drama, or forensic groups or teams sponsored and supported by a public school. Elementary and Middle schools do not offer any kind of extracurricular activities.

2.7 Home School Waiver: An exemption from a known right or responsibility, herein used to refer to the certificate issued by the District to exempt a school age child from the compulsory public school attendance law to attend the home school provided by his/her parent for one, and only one, school year (beginning date of school year to the last day of that school year).

3. LAW

3.1 The Utah State Law concerning compulsory attendance provides the legal basis for the establishment of home schools. The pertinent part of the law is: Section 101.5

3.1.1 A person having control of a minor between six and 18 years of age is exempt from UCA §53G-6-201 (school attendance) if the minor is excused from attendance by the local board of education for one of the following reasons:

3.1.1.1 A minor over age 16 may receive a partial release from school to enter employment if the minor has completed the eighth grade. Minors excused under this subsection are required to attend part-time schooling or home schooling as prescribed by the board; or

3.1.1.2 Students may be excluded from the compulsory attendance requirement in the following circumstances:

3.1.1.2.1 The minor has completed the work required for graduation from high school.

3.1.1.2.2The minor is taught at home in the subjects required by the Utah State Board of Education (USOE) in accordance with requirements established by USOE and the Sevier School District Board of Education for the same length of time as minors are required by law to be taught in the district schools.

3.1.1.3 In each case, evidence of reasons for granting an exemption must be sufficient to satisfy the local board.

3.1.1.4 Boards excusing minors from attendance shall issue a certificate stating that the minor is excused from attendance during the time specified on the certificate.

4. SERVICES

4.1 In an effort to provide appropriate educational support to home school, private school or Statewide Online program students, the Board of Education will upon request:

4.1.1 Allow home school, private school or Statewide Online program students to dual enroll and attend classes at schools in their attendance area. Home school, private school or Statewide Online program students are eligible to participate in the extracurricular activity programs if school and Utah High School Activities Association eligibility rules are met.

4.1.2 The Sevier School District Board of Education places the following conditions upon students returning to the public schools from home schools:

4.1.2.1 Upon students returning to the public school system, some testing may be required to place students in an appropriate grade level.

4.1.2.2 In order to earn a diploma from high school in Sevier School District, the student must have earned enough credit from an accredited school to satisfy the graduation requirements established by the Board of Education.

4.1.2.3 To obtain a release from school the parent or guardian will complete a “Home School Waiver.” Upon completion the waiver will be submitted to the Superintendent, who is the Board’s designee for approval.

4.1.2.4 The District must also receive assurance that reasonable academic progress is being (has been) made by the student. Evidence of this progress can be provided by (1) standardized testing, (2) end of level testing, (3) summative tests, (4) student portfolio with records of progress and samples of work to be reviewed by District personnel, (5) interview with student by district personnel, (6) other methods agreed upon by the District and home school instructor, and (7) a combination of these.

5. PROCEDURES FOR HOME SCHOOL

5.1 The procedures to be followed by parents desiring to establish a home school and to teach their own children at home are outlined below. Annual reapplication is required.

5.1.1 The parent must notify the District of his intent to establish a home school. This may be done by letter or by going to the District Office.

5.1.2 The parent must obtain a Home School Wavier application form provided by the District, which he must complete and return to the District Office for consideration. The application must not be altered, nothing should be omitted and nothing should be changed on the form. Such action will invalidate the application making it ineligible to be considered.

5.1.3 The District Superintendent, so directed by the Board of Education, will consider the application, evaluating the information provided by the parent in his application. There must be evidence that the child/children will receive instruction in the required areas as mandated by law; that the schedule will provide for the required number of hours and meet for the required number of days in the school year; that the home school provider is trained and competent in the areas required by law to be taught.

5.1.4 After due consideration by the Superintendent, the parent will receive notification of the approval or rejection of the application to home school.

5.1.5 If the application has been approved, the parent will receive a certificate of exemption from the compulsory public school attendance law for the child/children to be home schooled. The parent should file this certificate after showing it to the principal of the school the child is/would be attending. The parent may then withdraw his child from the public school and place him in the home school.

5.1.5.1 Note: A parent who is planning to provide home schooling for his child may not legally withdraw his child from public school until the child is duly registered on the District form filed in the District Office. If withdrawn prematurely, the child is considered truant. A child who has been absent from school without permission is deemed to be a habitual truant (see Sevier School District Attendance Policy # 3020). In the case of habitual truancy, the parents may be called to respond to the courts.

5.1.6 It is important for the District to evaluate to satisfy the requirements of the Utah State Board of Education that districts provide a free and appropriate education for all school age children residing in their districts, whether in the public school system or an alternative educational environment approved by the District.

5.1.7 If the status of the application has not changed the District will issue a new certificate of exemption each year.

5.1.8 If the parent determines that the challenging task of educating his child/children at home combined with the demands of time and the responsibility of parenting are depriving his family of the informality and quality time together without school pressure they are accustomed to, he may notify the District that his children will be in the public school system rather than the home school.

5.1.9 It is the duty of the District and/or the principal of the public school the child will be re-entering or enrolling in, if not previously a student there, to evaluate the child upon his return to public school after being instructed in a home school. The public school is not required to place the child in the grade his age peers are unless he is ready for that grade as determined through the evaluation process. One response the District may choose to make is to place the child on a form of probation with their age appropriate peers.
5.1.10 This will give the school time to assess the work the child should have done prior to enrolling in the public school, and still gives the school the option of moving the child if he cannot be successful at the placement level.

5.2 Students Returning to District Schools During the Current School Year:

5.2.1 Students who are currently enrolled in and attending a charter school, a home school, a private school, or a District school that is not their school of residence, and who wish to return and enroll in their school of residence may do so in accordance with the conditions set forth below:

5.2.2 Elementary and Middle School: An elementary or middle school student may return at anytime upon approval by the principal of the school of residence and by meeting all enrollment requirements. A middle school principal has the discretion to delay the enrollment of a student to within the first two (2) weeks of each term based upon educational reasons. High School: A high school student may return and enroll in their school of residence only within the first two (2) weeks of each term and by meeting all enrollment requirements.

5.2.3 Enrollment Requirements:

5.2.3.1 provide notice to and properly un-enrolling the student from their previous school attended;
5.2.3.2 providing the school of residence with the student’s educational records from the previous school attended;
5.2.3.3 completing the applicable enrollment and registration forms at the school of residence;
5.2.3.4 providing any required documentation and information to the school of residence; and
5.2.3.5 obtaining authorization and approval from the school of residence confirming that there are no current academic, attendance, or behavioral issues or concerns that need to be specifically addressed prior to enrollment.

5.2.4 Students New to District Schools During the Current School Year:
If a student moves to the District and establishes residence, he/she may enroll in the school of residence at anytime by meeting all enrollment requirements.

6. RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

6.1 The home school provider is responsible for all the teaching tools, including textbooks that are required to give the child/children a quality education. The District is in no way responsible for providing facilities, transportation or supplies. However, if the provider asks, the District may rent books to them on a loan and return basis for a fee, if such books are available.

6.2 The provider is responsible for accurate attendance records, lesson plans, schedule, discipline, instruction, and all other facets of providing a quality education in the home school.

6.3 The Superintendent is responsible for his/her being informed about the established home schools in the District. He/she must be able to answer questions from concerned tax paying citizens, and when there is reasonable doubt about the quality of the education being delivered in the home school as reported to the Superintendent, it is his/her right and responsibility to request the attendance records and/or records of work completed by the students in the school.

6.4 It must be that the Superintendent/District is responsible for the appropriate education for every school age child in the District.

 

Approved: 09/19/12
Revised 10/8/14
Revised 01/13/16