MIFFLIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Title: Home Education
Adopted: December 19, 2005
Mifflin County School District
|1. Purpose||The Board shall approve a program of home education, pursuant to the School Code, permitting students to study at home in accordance with the following regulations.|
|Home Education Program - a program conducted
in compliance with this section, by the parent or guardian or such
person having legal custody of the child or children. A Home
Education program shall not be considered a nonpublic school under
the provisions of this act.
Supervisor - the parent or guardian or such person having legal custody of the child or children who shall be responsible for the provision of instruction, provided that such person has a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Hearing Examiner - shall not be an officer, employee or agent of the Department of Education or of the school district or intermediate unit of residence of the child in the home education program.
Appropriate Education - a program consisting of instruction in the required subjects for the time required in Act 169 OF 1988 and in which the student demonstrates sustained progress.
|A notarized affidavit of the parent or guardian or
other person having legal custody of the child or children, shall be
filed prior to the commencement of the Home Education program and
annually thereafter on August 1 with the Superintendent/or designee
of the school district and which sets forth:
|The affidavit shall contain a certification to be
signed by the supervisor that the supervisor, all adults in the home
and persons having legal custody of a child or children in the Home
Education program has not been convicted of criminal offenses as
enumerated in Sec. 111 of the School Code.
In the event of the Home Education program relocating to another school district, the supervisor must apply, by registered mail, to the Superintendent of the district in which s/he currently resides, requesting a letter of transfer for the Home Education program to the district to which the Home Education program is relocating. The letter of transfer must be filed by the supervisor of the Home Education program with the Superintendent of the new district of residence. The letter of transfer shall be issued no later than thirty (30) days after receipt of the registered mail request of the Home Education program supervisor.
|4. Program PA
Code Title 22
|A child who is enrolled in a home education program
and whose education is therefore under the direct supervision of
his/her parent, guardian or other person having legal custody shall
be deemed to have met the requirements if the program provides a
minimum of one hundred eighty (180) days of instruction or nine
hundred (900) hours of instruction per year at the elementary level
(K-6), or nine hundred ninety (990) hours per year at the secondary
At the elementary level, the following courses shall be taught: English (language arts), to include spelling, reading and writing; arithmetic (mathematics); science; geography; history of the United States and Pennsylvania; civics (social studies); safety education, including dangers and prevention of fires; health and physiology; physical education; music; and art.
At the secondary level, the following courses shall be taught: English, to include language, literature, speech and composition; science; geography; social studies, to include civics, world history, history of the United States and Pennsylvania; mathematics, to include general mathematics, algebra and geometry; art; music; physical education; and health and safety education, including regular and continuous instruction in the dangers and prevention of fires.
Such courses of study may include, at the discretion of the supervisor, economics; biology; chemistry; foreign languages; trigonometry; or other age appropriate courses as contained in Chapter 5 curriculum requirements of the State Board of Education.
The following minimum courses in grades 9 through 12 are established as a requirement for graduation in a Home Education program: four years of English; three years of mathematics; three years of science; three years of social studies; two years of arts and humanities.
Requirements of Supervisor
In order to demonstrate that appropriate education is occurring, the supervisor shall provide and maintain on file the following documentation for each student enrolled in the Home Education program: a portfolio of records and materials. The portfolio shall consist of a log, made contemporaneously with the instruction, which designates by title the reading materials used, samples of any writings, worksheets, workbooks or creative materials used or developed by the student and in grades three, five and eight results of nationally normed standardized achievement tests in reading, language arts and mathematics or results of statewide tests administered in these grade levels. The supervisor shall ensure that the nationally normed standardized tests or the statewide tests not be administered by the child's parent or guardian.
If the Superintendent or designee determines, based on documentation, that appropriate education is not occurring, the Superintendent or designee shall send a letter to the supervisor that in his/her opinion appropriate education is not occurring in the Home Education program and shall return all documentation, specifying what aspect or aspects of the documentation are inadequate.
The supervisor of the program shall have twenty (20) days from the receipt of the certified letter to submit additional documentation demonstrating that appropriate education is taking place. If documentation is not submitted within that time, the Home Education program shall be out of compliance, and the student shall be promptly enrolled in the public or a nonpublic school.
Right of Hearing
The Board shall provide for a proper hearing by a duly qualified and impartial hearing examiner within thirty (30) days. The examiner shall render a decision within fifteen (15) days of the hearing except that s/he may require the establishment of a remedial education plan mutually agreed to by the Superintendent and supervisor of the Home Education program which shall continue the Home Education Program. The decision of the examiner may be appealed by either the supervisor or the Superintendent, to the Secretary of Education or Commonwealth Court.
If the hearing examiner finds that the documentation does not indicate that appropriate education is taking place in the Home Education program, the Home Education program shall be out of compliance, and the student shall be promptly enrolled in a public or nonpublic school.
In the event the home education student enrolls in an approved private school, the supervisor must notify the Superintendent of the district in which s/he currently resides within twenty (20) days.
In the event the home education program site is relocating to another school district within this Commonwealth during the course of the public school term or prior to the opening of the public school term in the fall, the supervisor of the home education program must apply, by registered mail, thirty (30) days prior to the relocation, to the Superintendent of the district in which s/he currently resides, requesting a letter of transfer for the home education program to the district to which the home education program is relocating.
The current Superintendent of residence must issue the letter of transfer thirty (30) days after receipt of the registered mail request of the home education program supervisor.
Students may return to the instructional program of the Mifflin County School District by re-enrolling according to the procedures of the district.
|Students With Disabilities
The supervisor of a home education student who has been identified as needing special education services pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), must have a certified special education teacher or licensed clinical or certified school psychologist’s approval of the home education program. This requirement does not apply to students who have been identified as gifted or talented.
If the supervisor of the home education student believes the child is disabled and in need of special education services, but has not been evaluated, the school district in which you reside is required to evaluate the child, without charge, when such a request is made in writing. The district must hold a multi-disciplinary evaluation meeting with the home education supervisor to explain the results of the evaluation.
If special education services are desired, the home education supervisor may enroll the child in the public school to receive a free, appropriate public education, or may ask the school district to provide service(s). However, the school district is not obligated to provide special education services if the child is not enrolled in the public school.
Loan of Instructional Materials
The district shall, at the written request of the Supervisor, lend to the Home Education program copies of the school district's planned courses, textbooks, and other curriculum materials appropriate to the student's age and grade level, if available.
Home education students may elect to participate in the extracurricular and athletic programs of the Mifflin County School District (MCSD) according to the following procedures.
Home education students electing to participate in extracurricular and athletic programs are required to abide by all guidelines and regulations as determined by the administration and approved by the Superintendent of Schools. Said guidelines and regulations will include, at a minimum, the following requirements for home education students:
Any student who participates in a home education program pursuant to Section 1327.1 of the Pennsylvania Public School Code may not participate in academic coursework in the Mifflin County School District unless officially enrolled in the appropriate school, as per designated attendance area according to place of residence of the home education student.
Any student who participates in a Home Education Program pursuant to Section 1327.1 of the Pennsylvania Public School Code will not receive a diploma from Mifflin County School District or be deemed to have graduated from the Mifflin County School District. Any student who transfers from a Home Education Program as a senior must complete a minimum of one (1) full school year in the Mifflin County School District, in addition to meeting all other curriculum requirements, in order to receive a Mifflin County School District diploma.