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Home School Service

Update: Amendments to unit of study and instructional day/hour requirements for home school programs

On June 8, the NYS Board of Regents amended the unit of study and instructional day/hour requirements for home school programs that were unable to meet those requirements due to the COVID-19 crisis.

State Education Commissioner’s Regulation Section 100.10 has been amended to exempt home school students from meeting unit of study requirements if students met the learning outcomes for the portion of the unit of study completed. Additionally, students are exempted from instructional day and/or hour requirements provided that the home school program provided continuity of learning to students during the crisis.

Home School Service Overview

In July 2019, HFM BOCES launched the Home School Service to help school districts and families with all aspects of the home school process.

The service is available to home school families residing in the Amsterdam, Broadalbin-Perth, Canajoharie, Fonda-Fultonville, Fort Plain, Gloversville, Johnstown, Mayfield, Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville, Wells and Wheelerville school districts.

The Home School Service provides consistency in process, expectations, documentation and communication for parents. In addition, it provides a consistent level of expertise on which districts and families can rely.

For Parents

For families who elect to educate their children at home, the Home School Service provides families with support throughout the year providing clear expectations and regular communication to ensure compliance with New York State Education Deparment regulations. In addition, the service can provide assistance for completion of paperwork and help connect parents with local homeschool support groups.

Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) Form 2020-21

IHIP Quarterly Reporting Form

Commisioner’s Regulations   (Please see the update at the top of this page regarding changes to the Annual Assessment requirements as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

For Districts

Districts are confronted with state-mandated responsibilities for students who are instructed at home. These mandates are based on state legislation or interpretation of federal opinions. In addition, the courts are involved settling precedent-setting disputes which can further inform districts. Home school coordination as a BOCES service provides consistency in process, definitions, expectations, documentation and communication for parents.

The Home School Service will review and maintain all student documentation to ensure compliance with New York State Education Department mandates and provide:

  • Regional expertise dedicated to home instruction
  • Central database for ease of access to records
  • Regional consistency to insure equivalency of education
  • Individualized Home Instruction Plans (IHIP) review
  • Quarterly reports
  • Annual Assessments

Other benefits of the services include

Record Keeping

  • Maintaining accurate files of all student documentation and parent correspondence

Consistent Communication

  • Keeping parents informed of their home instruction obligations under Part 100.10
  • Providing districts with regular updates regarding compliance

Parent Support

  • Offering assistance for completion of paperwork