**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:
Are there different requirements if I homeschool versus using a private tutor in my home?
Yes. In the state of Florida, parents who choose not to enroll their child in public school have three options: (1) declare an intent to home-educate with the county and school their child themselves, (2) enroll their child in a private school (in which case they are not considered a homeschooler by the county), or (3) hire a private tutor to school their child. If you choose option 3 and hire a tutor to manage/direct your child’s education, you fall under different regulations and requirements than a typical home-educator— According to Florida Statute 1002.43, the tutor you hire must hold a current Florida teaching certificate, and must also keep and submit attendance records and other documentation not required of a typical homeschooler. Parents who file an Intent to Home-Educate are not required to have a teaching certificate, do not have specific attendance requirements, and may make use of private tutors as a supplement to their home-education program but are still considered their child’s primary teacher. Home-educating parents can also make use of tutors as part of their homeschooling, so long as the parent is the one directing their child’s education, not the tutors themselves. In this case, the tutors are not required to be certified teachers, as they are being used as a supplemental resource, but are not the ones directing and managing the child’s education. For more information, please visit the HEF website (http://www.flhef.org/florida-home-education-law/) for a summary of Florida statues, or check out the relevant statutes for yourself here: http://leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=1000-1099/1002/1002PARTIVContentsIndex.html.
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