Dear Home School Parents,
The 2018 Legislature passed, and Governor Scott signed into law, House Bill 731, which takes effect July 1, 2018. The information below is a summary of responsibilities and considerations in this law. A link to the bill text can be found at: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/731/BillText/er/PDF. A complete bill summary can be found at http://www.fldoe.org/core/fileparse.php/7749/urlt/LegisReviewBook18.pdf. Please feel free to contact the district office if you have any questions or concerns about this information.
Home Education (Section 1)
A home education program is not a school district program and is registered with the district school superintendent only for the purpose of complying with the state’s attendance requirements under s. 1003.21(1).
The district school superintendent shall accept a home education notice of intent and immediately register the home education program upon receipt of the notice. The notice of intent must come from the parent and include the full legal name, address and date of birth of all children who shall be enrolled as students in the home education program. The district may not require any additional information or verification from the parent unless the student chooses to participate in a school district program or service.
The district school superintendent may not assign a grade level to the home education student or include a social security number or any other personal information of the student in any school district or state database unless the student chooses to participate in a school district program or service.
Upon completion of the home education program, a parent shall file a written notice of termination of the home education program with the district school superintendent, along with the annual evaluation within 30 days of termination.
The parent shall determine the content of the portfolio, preserve it for 2 years, and make it available for inspection, if requested, by the district school superintendent.
A school district may provide access to career and technical courses and programs for a home education program student who enrolls in a public school solely for the career and technical courses or programs. The school district shall report each student as a full-time equivalent student in the class and in a manner prescribed by the department, and funding shall be provided through the Florida Education Finance Program.
Industry certifications, national assessments and statewide, standardized assessments offered by a school district shall be available to home education program students. Each school district shall notify home education program students of the available certifications and assessments; the dates, times, and
locations for the administration of each certification and assessment; and the deadline for notifying the school district of the student’s intent to participate and the student’s preferred location.
A school district may not further regulate, exercise control over or require documentation from parents of home education program students beyond the requirements in section 1002.41, Florida Statutes (F.S.), unless the regulation, control or documentation is necessary for participation in a school district program.
School Attendance (Section 2)
District school superintendents may require evidence of age of any child who is being enrolled in public school.
The superintendent may not require evidence of age from any child who meets regular attendance requirements by attending:
o A parochial, religious or denominational school;
o A private school supported in whole or in part by tuition charges or by endowments or gifts;
o A home education program that meets the requirements of chapter 1002, F.S.; or
o A private tutoring program that meets the requirements of chapter 1002, F.S.
Enforcement of School Attendance (Section 3)
District school superintendents may refer cases of nonenrollment to the child study team at the student’s zoned school or to the case staffing committee. The child study team shall diligently facilitate intervention services and report the case back to the superintendent only when all reasonable efforts to resolve the nonenrollment behavior have been exhausted. The superintendent shall take necessary steps to bring criminal prosecution against the parent if the parent still refuses to cooperate or enroll the child in school.
Court Procedures and Penalties (Section 4)
Districts must comply with the steps to pursue truant students outlined in section 1003.26, F.S., prior to pursuing criminal prosecution against the student’s parent.
- home page
- social media
- day off form