For families who elect to educate their child(ren) at home, the Home Instruction service provides participating districts and parents support throughout the year with providing clear expectations and regular communication to ensure compliance. In addition, it provides a consistent level of expertise on which districts can rely.
Welcome to Home Instruction
The following school districts subscribe to the OCM BOCES Home Instruction Service: Baldwinsville, DeRuyter, East Syracuse Minoa, Homer, LaFayette, Marathon, Solvay, Tully and Westhill School Districts. All other districts should contact their home district for forms and procedures.
If you wish to home school your child, you must send a letter of intent to Amanda Lawrence, the Home Instruction Liaison. Ms. Lawrence is a New York State certified School Counselor who will be acting as the liaison between the parent and district to support and assist you and answer any questions you might have about Home Instruction.
The letter of intent must include your name and address, school district, your child's name (first, middle, and last), birth date, grade the instruction will take place, as well as the duration that the instruction will occur (for example from September 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014). This letter is due in the office on July 1st or within fourteen days of commencing Home Instruction.
"Veteran" homeschoolers well understand the regulations, filing requirements, and matters of compliance with assessment. However, should you have any questions or require assistance at any time during the year, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at email@example.com, or call me at 315.431.8564.
Paperwork should be sent to: Amanda Lawrence, Home Instruction Liaison, in one of the following ways:
|| Educational Programs, OCM BOCES, PO Box 4754, Syracuse, NY 13221
|| 110 Elwood Davis Road, Liverpool, NY 13088
The basic requirements for home schooling your child are:
- 180 days of instruction per year (900 hours for K-6, 990 hours for 7-12)
- Letter of Intent to home school your child(ren) due by July 1st or within 14 days of beginning home schooling
- Develop an Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) for each home schooled child due August 15th or within 4 weeks of receipt of the blank IHIP form and regulations
- Submit 4 quarterly reports which indicate the progress of your home schooler
- Complete an annual evaluation for each home schooled child
- Age requirements:
-If your child is 6 years old on or before Dec. 1, you must register him/her with Home Instruction. You may use either a Kindergarten or First Grade Curriculum.
-If your child is 16 years old on or after July 1, you must register him/her with Home Instruction for the entire current school year.
Important Information on Record Retention:
According to the NYS Department of Education, districts are not required to retain records for home-instructed students. Parents are required to keep attendance records for each home-instructed student. Since districts are not required to keep information on home-instructed students, we highly encourage parents create and maintain a portfolio for their home-instructed student(s) that is evidence of the student's progress and achievement. The portfolio should also include any correspondence with the school district. This portfolio may be helpful should home-instructed students decide to seek admission to a college.
Information Forms & Reports