"Homeschooling FAQs" #2

**Disclaimer: All information presented on this blog is based on our best understanding of current homeschool laws in the state of Florida at the time of each posting, and in particular the homeschool laws for Hillsborough County, where Class Source is located. However, we are not legal experts, and the information posted in this group does not constitute legal advice. Homeschool laws can vary by county and state. If you are uncertain of the homeschool regulations and requirements in your area, please verify using your local resources. The HSLDA website has a resource which allows you to look up homeschool laws by state, and is a good place to start: https://hslda.org/legal.**

This week's FAQ is:

When am I required to either enroll my child or declare as a homeschooler in the state of Florida?

According to FPEA (Florida Parent Educators Association), “a child turning 6 before February 1 of the school year is subject to compulsory attendance and must attend school regularly the entire term.” This means if your child is just reaching the age to begin school, you must either enroll them in school or file an intent to home-educate in the year in which they will be turning 6 by February 1st. Kindergarten is mandatory in Florida, so if you are planning to enroll your child in First Grade at a public school but will be completing Kindergarten at home prior to that, it is recommended that you file your Intent to Home Educate for them the year you begin Kindergarten with them even if they are not yet turning 6, to avoid issues with enrollment into First Grade the following year. If you are planning to home educate indefinitely, you can wait to file until the year they will be turning 6 by February 1st.

Whether you are just starting your child’s education or you are planning to switch to home-educating for an older child, Florida Statute 1002.41 states that you must file your notice to the county within 30 days of starting your home-education program. However, to avoid any potential issues with suspected truancy, it is recommended that you file your Intent to Home Educate immediately upon withdrawing your child from school and/or beginning your home-education program.

If you want more info on Homeschooling in Florida, we've just started a Homeschool Q&A group on Facebook! You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HomeschoolQATampaBay/.

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