Thursday, June 18, 2015

Change in homeschooling language

At the request of homeschooling families and with the legal guidance of DESE, the 15-16 student handbook will include the language here.
I'm just going to type it up here for reference:
Parents/guardians who choose to educate their children at home, as allowed under Massachusetts general law, can fulfill the requirements of the compulsory attendance statute by having their educational programs reviewed and accepted in advance by the Worcester Public Schools. The notifcications to home-school (elementary and secondary versions) are available upon request from the office of the Child Study Department at (508) 799-3175.
Parents are expected to provide evidence of their child's homeschooling program once a year. Students completing high school through homeschooling programs are not eligible for a Worcester Public Schools Diploma.
A student being educated through homeschooling may have access to public school activities of an extracurricular nature (e.g. sports, clubs) with the approval of the Superintendent or designee.
The district reserves the right to allow enrolled students to have precedence or priority over the homeschooled student with regard to placement on sports teams or activities that have limited enrollment. With approval of the Superintendent or designee, and in consultation with the Principal, a homeschooled student may participate in sports teams or activities that have limited enrollment provided he or she does not displace an enrolled student. Homeschooled students applying to participate in district-sponsored sports must follow the Athletic Eligibity guidelines described on page (TBD). 

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