COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 151
October 16, 1998

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
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 cfinley@pen.k12.va.us.


  PDS/cwf

  Attachment:  A hard copy of this memo and its
               attachment will be sent to the 
               superintendent's office.