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9270 - Home-Education

The Board encourages the enrollment of all school-age children resident in the District in public schools or in registered parochial or private schools so that they may enjoy the benefits of a well-planned educational program and the socialization possible in a group environment.

The Board recognizes its responsibility for assuring that every resident school-age child is enrolled in an approved school or is offered an equivalent education elsewhere and designates the Superintendent to act in its behalf.

All requests to educate a child in a home-education program are to be submitted to the Superintendent.

The Superintendent shall develop and implement administrative procedures which ensure that all requirements specified in the State Department of Education regulations have been met prior to approval of a home-education request.

Students who are residents of Hillsborough County and who are participating in a home education program in accordance with F.S. 1003.21 may be admitted to the District as part-time students on a space available basis.

Upon seeking entry to public school, academic placement of the child for the current school term will be made by the school, in accordance with the transfer requirements as stated in the current Hillsborough County Student Progression Plan.

Parents/Legal guardians are responsible for the transportation of students in home education programs both to and from the public school. The school principal will establish the time and place for the arrival and departure of home education students accepted into the part-time program. All home education students who attend the District on a part-time basis are subject to the same relevant rules and regulations as full-time students.

The Superintendent also may allow a student who is being educated at home to participate in one or more of the District's co-curricular or extra-curricular activities providing the student meets the eligibility criteria for the activity.

F.S. 1001.41, 1002.41, 1003.21

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