CT State Guidelines

Please note that the following guidelines are only suggested procedures, and are not the law.

A sample Notice of Intent form is provided below in case you do choose to submit one. School districts vary in their attitude about the necessity of homeschoolers filing this notice. Many of them respect the choice of a family not to file, and some of them do not. If you are a homeschooler who chooses not to file and receives pressure to do so, please email your situation to Attorney Deborah Stevenson at stevenson@dgslawfirm.com if you need legal assistance. Her website is www.nheld.com .

C-14 (or C-4) GUIDELINES
From: Vincent L. Ferrandino
Date: July 15, 1994

REVISED PROCEDURES CONCERNING REQUESTS FROM PARENTS TO EDUCATE THEIR CHILD AT HOME

I. Introduction

On November 7, 1990, The State Board of Education adopted the following policy on home instruction.

The State Board of Education acknowledges the right of parents to instruct their children at home as an alternative to public school attendance; and advises local and regional boards of education, where such child would otherwise be attending public school, to acknowledge home instruction when the parent or person having control of a child between the ages of 7 and 16 is able to show that the child is receiving equivalent instruction in the studies taught in the public schools.

The intent of these procedures is twofold: First, to provide local boards of education with suggestions concerning procedures to be utilized when parents wish to educate their child at home; and second, to assist parents in making requests to educate their child at home. The suggested procedures outline a series of steps in a process which should be conducted in an atmosphere of respect and cooperation by parents and local boards of education.

II. Statutory Authority

Section 10-184 of the Connecticut General Statutes (attached) describes the duties of parents for educating their children. It requires that parents or persons having control of children over five years of age (optional until age six however) and under sixteen years of age shall cause such children “…to attend a public day school regularly …” However Section 10-184 allows the parent or person having control of such child to educate the child in other than the public schools if they are ” …able to show that the child is elsewhere receiving equivalent instruction in the studies taught in the public schools.” The duties of local boards of education are described in Section 10-220 of the Connecticut General Statutes (attached). As part of their identified duties, local boards of education are required to ” …cause each child of seven years of age and over or under sixteen living in the school district to attend school in accordance with the provisions of Section 10-184 …”. If parents wish to educate their child in their home, they must show equivalency as described in Section 10-184 and local boards of education must determine whether or not such a child is receiving equivalent instruction as required by Section 10-220.

The following procedures have been developed in order to assist parents and local boards of education to work together in such a way as to assure children receive the education to which they are entitled by law.

We would deem compliance with these suggested procedures as satisfying the requirements of Sections 10-184 and 10-220 of the General Statutes.

Suggested Procedures for Home Instruction

In determining whether the education provided a child is equivalent to the instruction provided in the local schools, it is recommended that the local board of education observe the following procedures:

A. Parents must file with the superintendent of schools in the town in which they reside a notice of intent form which provides basic information about the program to be provided to their child. A notice of Intent will be effective for up to one school year (see attached).

B. Filing must occur within ten days of the start of the home instruction program.

C. The school district will receive the notice of intent, check it for completeness and keep it as part of the district’s permanent records. A complete form will be one which provides basic program information including name of teacher, subjects to be taught and days of instruction, and the teacher’s methods of assessment.

D. A parent, by filing a notice of intent, acknowledges full responsibility for the education of their child in accordance with the requirements of state law. Receipt of a notice of intent in no way constitutes approval by a school district of the content or effectiveness of a program of home instruction.

E. If a parent fails to file a notice of intent or files an incomplete form then a certified letter shall be sent to the parent requesting compliance within ten days.

F. An annual portfolio review will be held with the parents and school officials to determine if instruction in the required courses has been given.

G. Any continued refusal by the parent to comply with the reasonable request of the school district for completion and filing of the notice of intent, or to participate in an annual portfolio review may cause the child to be considered truant

H. A school district should not accept nor require a notice of intent for any child younger than seven years or older than sixteen years.

I. The school district shall record the number of students instructed at home on the appropriate form issued by the State Department of Education.

CHN Note:
The Notice of Intent (NOI) is part of the suggested procedures contained in the C-14 Guidelines. Filing this notice is voluntary; there is no statute stating the NOI is mandatory. Following is the state form that includes a minimum of information. If you want to file the NOI, then the information below is the only information that you should be asked to provide. If you choose to file the NOI, you may want to participate in an end-of-school-year Portfolio Review (PR) if, and only if, your local school district requests you to do so. At a PR, a parent “must be able to show that instruction occurred”. Period. The NOI and the PR are not required by law, so both are optional for parents.

Sample Notice of Intent

NOTICE OF INTENT FOR INSTRUCTION OF STUDENT AT HOME

Name of Student:
Date of Birth:
Address:
Telephone number:

Name of Teacher:
Teacher’s Telephone Number:

Subjects to be taught are (yes or no):
(Required)
Reading
Writing
Spelling
English Grammar
Geography
Arithmetic
U.S. History
Citizenship (including a study of town, state, and federal governments)

(Recommended)
Science
Other

Total number of days scheduled for instruction:

Teacher’s method of assessment of student progress:

An annual portfolio review will be held on or about:

I acknowledge and accept full responsibility for the education of my
child in accordance with the requirements of state law.

Parent’s Name ______________________________
Date __________________________

I only acknowledge receipt of this form and render no opinion as to the
appropriateness of the planned program.

Superintendent’s Name ______________________________
Date __________________________