TSK-new-logoGovernor Deal signed the Comprehensive Education Bill, HB 283, on May 7, 2013 and it goes into effect on July 1, 2013.

Go to www.house.ga.gov. Enter 283 in the empty box and click on search. Click on “current version” to read Section 23, the section pertaining to the home study law, of HB 283

  • All attendance reporting to the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) or to the local superintendent has been struck from the law.
  • Homeschooling families are no longer required to submit any attendance reports to the State Department of Education or to any local school superintendent.
  • Beginning July 1, 2013 and thereafter, parents or guardians are ONLY required to submit an annual Letter of Intent to Utilize a Home Study Program.

The best and easiest way to do this is by email using the form at the DOE website. www.doe.k12.ga.us. Click on Home Schools under Parents. Scroll down and click on “Submit an Online Declaration of Intent Form”. You may also submit this form by mail.

These are the records that parents must keep in their school files:

  •  An annual attendance record.
  • An annual assessment report for reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.
  • Test results from standardized testing required to be administered every 3 years starting in the third grade.

These records must be kept for a minimum of 3 years. We recommend that you keep them at least for the duration of your homeschooling years. It may be prudent to keep them longer to prove school attendance.

Although not explicitly required by law to keep formal attendance records showing 180, 4.5 hour school days or the equivalent, GHEA recommends that you do so. A sample form will be available at the GHEA web site.

 FURTHER CHANGE TO THE GEORGIA HOME STUDY LAW

The parent or guardian shall have the authority to execute any document required by law, rule, regulation or policy to evidence the enrollment of a child in a home study program, the student’s full-time or part-time status, the student’s grades, or any other required educational information.

This part of the law gives the parent the authority to generate documents which verify that their home study program is in or has been in compliance with the Georgia home study law. A sample letter is available at the GHEA web site.

These documents will be used:

  • to verify attendance for the Department of Driver Services for driving permits and licenses
  • for work permits for employment
  • to receive state or federal assistance
  • for University, College or TECH college admission requirements
  • or for any other reason that requires compliance with state law or verification of school attendance.

The State Department of Education will no longer generate compliance or attendance letters for parents or students.