From time to time, parents will choose to instruct their children at home. The Guilderland Central School District will attempt to cooperate with parents who wish to provide home schooling for their children realizing that the child who is educated at home should receive an education in a manner consistent with an educational plan and at least substantially equivalent to that given to students of like age and attainments in the local public schools. The required subjects should be taught in a competent, systematic, and sequential manner, specifically in relation to the required courses as enumerated in Commissioner’s Regulation Section 100.10.
Provisions and Limitations of Services to Home-Instructed Students
Home-instructed students are not awarded a high school diploma. A high school diploma may only be awarded to a student enrolled in a registered secondary school who has completed all program requirements set by the Board of Regents, the school or the District.
a) Home schooled students are not eligible to participate in interscholastic sports. Commissioner’s Regulations mandate that only students enrolled in the public school are allowed to participate in interscholastic sports.
Home schooled students may participate in intramurals when not related to physical education instruction (e.g. wrestling, gymnastics) and other before and after school-sponsored club activities. The District will permit home-instructed students to participate in such extra-curricular activities so long as the students can arrange for their own transportation, there is room in the program and there is no additional cost to the District.
An example includes ski club, but excludes theater productions and curricular-related activities such as enrichment programs, music lessons, band, orchestra, and chorus. If students participate, they must abide by all District rules and regulations such as, but not limited to, the student Code of Conduct. The District will follow the provisions of Public Health Law Section 2164 when dealing with any health-related requirements. Parents of home schooled children must contact the appropriate building principal if they desire to pursue any of the above listed opportunities so that all of the necessary details are in place.
In addition, home schooled students may at times attend with a parent, general schoolwide activities in the elementary school of their attendance zone, middle school, and high school. Examples include learning or cultural fairs, PTA sponsored events, book fairs, monthly or special school or grade level assemblies. School officials are not obligated to notify families of the availability of special programs and activities other than through the usual channels of communications such as school newsletters.
b) The District is not required to loan available textbooks and other materials (e.g., library materials, microscopes, computer software, movie projectors). However, the District may provide such textbooks and other materials to the extent available to home-instructed students.
c) The Guilderland Central School District does not furnish health services and is not required to do so.
d) The District is not responsible for providing remedial programs.
e) The District shall not make available to home-instructed students occupational and vocational education programs (career and technical education programs) and programs for gifted students.
f) The District shall offer a home-instructed student with disabilities the special education services as addressed in the approved Individualized Education Program (IEP) by the Committee on Special Education. However, there is no requirement that such services be provided in the student’s home. Further, the District shall conduct a census and register students with disabilities who reside in the District in accordance with Education Law and Commissioner’s Regulations.
g) Upon request at least ten (10) days prior to the scheduled test date (by contacting the superintendent’s office), home-instructed students may take certain grade 3-8 or Regents exams on school premises with Guilderland students. Exempted from such a list are those courses requiring the completion of minimum laboratory activities (e.g., earth science, biology, chemistry, physics).
h) Except as otherwise indicated in this policy, students instructed at home shall not be allowed to use school facilities.
Primary responsibility for determining compliance with Commissioner’s Regulations addressing home instruction rests with the Superintendent of Schools in which a home instructed student resides.
Adopted January 9, 2007
Revised and Adopted June 18, 2013
Reviewed December 18, 2018