Home School Information
(taken from Kentucky Department of Education)
Minimal requirements for operating a home school in Kentucky and the legal authority upon which these requirements are based:
This web page describes the legal issues involving credit for home schooling.
The Home School Information Packet And Best Practices Document was prepared as a joint effort by the Christian Home Educators of Kentucky, the Kentucky Home Education Association and the Kentucky Directors of Pupil Personnel. The purpose of the document is to assist home school parents and Kentucky school personnel.
DEFINITION OF TRUANCY
Any child who has been absent from school without valid excuse for three (3) or more days, or tardy without valid excuse on three (3) or more days, is a truant. Any child who has been reported as a truant three (3) or more times is an habitual truant. Being absent for less than half of a school day shall be regarded as being tardy. A local board of education may adopt reasonable policies that require students to comply with compulsory attendance laws, that require truants and habitual truants to make up unexcused absences, and that impose sanctions for noncompliance.
Chronic absenteeism keeps students from succeeding and often causes even bright, capable students to drop out of school. This process starts early in a student's educational career and builds momentum. Students start to fall behind, feel defeated, and finally just stop going to school.
The Key Is Not To
Let This Process Start!
Parents/Guardians must express high expectations relating to school success and attendance. It is important to foster positive attitudes about the importance of school. Good attendance must be enforced and reinforced.
First Signs of a Problem with Attendance:
- Excessive absences, excused and/or unexcused
- Resisting going to school, making excuses to stay home
- Poor grades/academic performance
- Being disruptive in school
- Associating with students who get into trouble
- Becoming increasingly defiant or disrespectful
- Cutting classes/skipping school
- Failing classes
- Expressing negative attitudes about school attendance
How Parents Can Help:
- Make going to school expected, not an "option"
- Praise and reward good attendance
- Talk about positive outcomes
- Remove avoidable excuses, such as no clean clothes, exaggeration of minor aches and pains, being late
- Set reasonable, age-appropriate bedtimes
- Purchase and use an alarm clock
- Help student organize morning routines
- Reinforce student's getting up and getting ready independently
- Maintain frequent contact with the school
- Send a note clarifying legitimate absences
- Check student's report card for attendance
- Keep a calendar and record absences
- Establish severe consequences for cutting school