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IHBG-R Home Schooling - Participation in School Programs

The intent is to cooperate in the home instruction of any child who resides in the Town of Veazie, to the degree that the level of cooperation does not interfere with the responsibilities to the students enrolled in the Veazie School Department’s regular programs. Furthermore, participation of students in full programs shall be limited to home schooled students whose home instruction programs are in compliance with applicable Maine Law and Department of Education Regulations.

The following are provisions to be met: A. Requirements regarding health and screening, B. Criteria for participation in curricular and co-curricular activities.

I.     PERMITTED PARTICIPATION

1.     Participation in Regular Classes. Home instruction students may enroll in specific day school classes provided that space is available, that the student’s attendance is regular, the class is deemed to be age and grade appropriate, and prerequisite course/program requirements are met. In addition, the following shall also apply.

2.     The student or the student’s parent/guardian, on the student’s behalf, shall apply in writing to and receive written approval from the Superintendent or designee. Approval may not be unreasonably withheld.

3.     The student shall demonstrate prior satisfactory academic achievement consistent with school until policy and procedures applicable to all students.

4.     The student shall comply with behavioral, disciplinary, attendance and other classroom rules applicable to all students. If a student fails to comply, the school may withhold credit or terminate the student’s participation.

5.     Transportation must be provided by the parent/guardian or student. However, the student may use the same transportation as all other students in the school unit as long as additional expenses are not incurred.

6.    The student shall complete all assignments and tests as required of all students in the same class.

7.    Course Auditing. Home-school students may audit a course(s) provided the following conditions have been met.

8.    The student or the student’s parent/guardian, on behalf of the student, shall apply in writing to and receive written approval from the Superintendent or designee to audit a specific course or courses. Participation may not be unreasonably withheld.

9.     The student agrees to meet established behavioral, disciplinary, attendance and other classroom rules applicable to all students. If a student fails to comply, the school may terminate participation.

II.    SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

Special education services will be available to eligible special education students in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations.

III.   ADMISSION TO REGULAR PROGRAM/PLACEMENT

A student who has been receiving home-school instruction and who seeks admission to the regular school program will be placed in a grade commensurate with the level of the student’s academic achievement. Placement must be guided by the following. For students who transfer into school from an educational program that is not required to meet the standards of the system of Learning Results, the principal of the receiving school shall determine the value of the student’s prior educational experience toward meeting these standards.

A.    Appropriate school staff may make recommendations concerning placement based on, but not limited to, factors such as the student’s completed curricula and record of achievement, conferences with the student’s parent/guardian, and administration of tests.

B.    The final grade placement decision shall be made by the principal. The principal’s decision may be appealed to the Superintendent, whose decision shall be final.

IV.   USE OF SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS AND LIBRARY BOOKS

Subject to availability, a student receiving home instruction may use school textbooks, if the number of particular copies are sufficient, and library books owned by the Veazie School Department, subject to the following conditions.

A.    The use does not disrupt regular student, staff or special program functions.

B.    The student’s sign-out period for a library book is the same as that applicable to regularly enrolled students.

C.    The use does not create additional expense to the school unit.

D.    The parent/guardian and student agree to reimburse the school unity for lost, unreturned or damaged library books and textbooks and for consumable supplies used.

V.     USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT

A student receiving home-school instruction may use public school facilities and equipment on the same basis as regularly enrolled students if the following conditions are met.

A.     The use does not disrupt regular school activities.

B.     The use is approved by the school principal in accordance with established school policy.

C.     The use does not create additional expense to the school unit.

D.     The use is directly related to the student’s academic program.

E.     The use of potentially hazardous areas, such as shops, laboratories and gymnasiums, is supervised by a qualified employee of the school unit, during a regularly scheduled class, is approved and assigned by the Superintendent.

VI.   MAINE EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT:

If a parent of a student in an equivalent instruction program requests to have the student participate in the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA), such request must be granted. Participation in such examinations must be in compliance with all rules and procedures governing testing conditions in the Veazie School Department.

VII.  ACADEMIC CREDIT

A student receiving home-school instruction must receive academic credit subject to the following requirements.

A.    Academic credit for individual courses must be awarded if the student meets required academic standards applicable to all students enrolled in the same course.

B.    Academic credit must be awarded for successful completion of alternative instruction opportunities sponsored by the school and available to all students.

Legal Reference: 20-A MRSA §§5001-A.3, 5021-5025 Chap. 125 §§5.03, 6.02, 7.02 (Maine Dept. of Education Rules)
Chap. 130 Maine Dept. of Education Rule) Cross Reference: Policy IHBG, Home Schooling – Participation in School Programs

First Reading: 11/7/16
Adopted: 12/5/16