Due to the State of Emergency declared by the Governor pursuant to an Executive Order for the COVID-19 crisis, the Board of Regents adopted several emergency regulations related to the documentation of student progress for students who are homeschooled. These are intended to align the flexibility granted home school families to that received for public school districts, and thus ease the burdens of the interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes include:
Instruction of Section 100.10(h) was amended to provide that an alternative form of evaluation, in lieu of an annual assessment, shall be permitted for all grades in the 2019-20 school year;
Flexibility for the unit of study requirements for home instruction programs during the COVID-19 crisis, provided students meet the learning outcomes for the portion of the unit of study completed (i.e. were on schedule at the time of the closure orders);
Flexibility from the instructional day and/or hour requirements provided the home instruction program provided continuity of learning to students. (i.e. many families had planned to fulfill components of their approved IHIPs by participating in consortia of homeschool families, language or art instruction conducted in groups, etc. Just as is the case for public schools, many of these services were not available during the period of closure, so while homeschool families may not have been able to complete their IHIPs precisely as approved, the expectation would be that, like public school districts, the homeschool families made reasonable efforts to continue their children’s education during the closure.)
Additional information regarding home instruction is available on our website: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/homeinstruction/.