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IMPORTANT UPDATE TO OHIO HOMESCHOOL LAW

“Ohio law consists of the Ohio Constitution, the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code. The Constitution is the state’s highest law superseding all others. The Revised Code is the codified law of the state while the Administrative Code is a compilation of administrative rules adopted by state agencies.” https://codes.ohio.gov/

 

Since 1989, home education has been tucked away in the Ohio Administrative Code under the authority of the State Board of Education.
 

Today marks a huge change in home education in Ohio! The Ohio General Assembly has approved the state’s 2-year budget (HB33) and in this legislation the definition of home education has been moved from the Ohio Administrative Code and formally placed in the Ohio Revised Code. Home education is now defined in codified law and has also been simplified for all home educating families. State regulations that have been in place for over 30 years will now be repealed.
 

We are so thankful for the Lord’s care and provision for all homeschool families in Ohio. This is a day to celebrate and rejoice!! In this alert we wish to explain what has transpired and how it will affect families moving forward.
 

In His service,
Melanie Elsey
Legislative Liaison for Christian Home Educators of Ohio

READ ABOUT THIS CHANGE HERE.
NEW HOMESCHOOL LAW HERE. SCROLL TO PAGE 5164.

Get Started - INFO for 2023/24 School Year Only


How do I start to homeschool?

  • Submit your notification of intent to home educate (below) and both brief outlines to the superintendent of your local schools within one week of withdrawing your child from the school building. Include this letter as well.


3301-34-03 Notification
 

  • Parent notifies the superintendent of their local school district of their intent to homeschool by submitting the following no later than the first week of the start of the public school building the child would attend in the school district of residence or within one week of the date on which the child begins to reside in the district or within one week from the child’s withdrawal from a school***:

    • letter or form based on Ohio Administrative Code 3301-34-01 through 3301-34-06     NOTIFICATION FORM

    • brief outline* of textbooks, correspondence courses, commercial curricula, or other basic teaching materials the parent intends to use 

    • brief outline* of intended curriculum (what is IN those resources, etc.)

    • Include this letter as well.

    • *** If you withdraw your child after October 2, 2023 you need to ONLY send this letter within five days of withdrawing your child.


*outlines are for informational purposes only

  • Mail your completed notice of intent and outlines by certified mail with return receipt to the superintendent of your local school district.

  • If you are notifying subsequent years, you must include an assessment.   ASSESSMENT OPTION 1   ASSESSMENT OPTION 2

  • This is the final year you will need to send an assessment for subsequent notification.

Long Term Excuse

 

  • The superintendent is to review the submitted information within fourteen calendar days of receipt and determine if it is in compliance with all requirements of this rule.
     

  • The superintendent shall notify the parent in writing that the child is excused from school attendance for the remainder of the current school year. This letter is only needed through October 2 when the new law takes effect and your child is exempt from compulsory education in Ohio.


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