SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 151
October 16, 1998
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Home Instruction Update|
CHANGES IN THE HOME INSTRUCTION LAW The 1998 General Assembly made three changes to 22.1-254.1 of the Code of Virginia relating to home instruction. Those changes are described below: Language restricting parents to teaching children "in their home" was deleted from Section A. Language allowing parents to begin home instruction anytime after the school year has begun was added to Section B. The requirement of an evaluation or assessment of children under the age of six as of September 30 of the school year has been eliminated. No evaluation of any type is required for these children. A copy of the statute as amended is attached. CORRESPONDENCE COURSES Attached is an updated list of correspondence schools whose courses may be used to comply with Section 254.l (A), Option (iii) of the Code of Virginia pertaining to home instruction. These approvals are effective immediately. The list may be updated periodically. It should be made available to parents or other interested parties upon request. Parents who wish to use courses offered by a school not appearing on the list should contact the school and request the appropriate official to obtain information from the Department of Education about the requirements for including courses on the list. As an alternative, they may submit the curriculum to your office for review in accordance with the requirements of Option (iv) of 22.l-254.1 (A). You will note that the list identifies those schools accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the U. S. Department of Education and sets restrictions on the use of courses offered by some schools. Of note again this year, the Driver Education courses offered by the University of Nebraska and Keystone National High School continue to satisfy Virginia's requirements for the classroom phase of driver education. These are the only courses approved for this purpose to date. Questions regarding this information should be directed to Charles W. Finley, Director of Accreditation, at (804) 225-2747 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. PDS/cwf Attachment: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.