Where should Greene County homeschoolers send Home Education Notification Forms?

http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/Office_and_Stationer_g145-Twisted_Red_Pencil_p75505.htmlBecause of a change in wording in the Ohio Revised Code 3321.04, there has been some confusion as to where Greene County homeschoolers send their homeschool notifications.

The Xenia, Yellow Springs, Greeneview, Cedar Cliff, and Sugarcreek/Bellbrook school districts contracted the task of handling homeschool notifications to the Greene County Educational Service Center. But with the change in ORC 3321.04 from

“city or exempted village school district or the educational service center”

to

“the superintendent of the school district in which the child resides”

the HSLDA and CHEO have sent out messages advising homeschoolers that it would be best if they send their homeschool notifications directly to the local school superintendent.

Why is this confusing?

Because the Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3301-34 Excuses from Compulsory Attendance for Home Education already stated in 3301-34-03 Notification that

A parent who elects to provide home education shall supply the following information to the superintendent”, and the superintendent is defined as ” the superintendent of schools of the city, county, or exempted village school district in which the parent resides.”

It was the wording in the ORC seemed to provide an exception to this by allowing an “educational service center” to provide excuses from compulsory attendance if certain criteria were met, which included an exemption for home instruction. Now the relevant portions of the ORC 3321.04 state:

Excuses from future attendance at or past absence from school or a special education program may be granted for the causes, by the authorities, and under the following conditions:

(A) The superintendent of the school district in which the child resides may excuse the child from attendance for any part of the remainder of the current school year upon satisfactory showing of either of the following facts:

(2) That the child is being instructed at home by a person qualified to teach the branches in which instruction is required . . .

There are a couple of ways to look at this:

#1 This change in the law doesn’t directly address where notifications are mailed – it still states that homeschoolers notify by supplying their school superintendent with the information required. So if the district contracts the handling of paperwork to the GCESC, it isn’t a violation of the law to continue to do so, or to ask homeschoolers to send their notifications to the GCESC. The important part is that the superintendent receives the homeschool notification and does the excusing. If this is being done, then the means used to deliver homeschool notifications to the school superintendent are irrelevant.

#2 Both the Ohio Administrative Code and Ohio Revised Code instruct homeschooling parents to send their notification directly to the school superintendent. This means exactly what it says; that homeschoolers in these districts mail homeschool notifications to the superintendent’s office in compliance with the OAC and ORC. If we as homeschoolers must follow the Ohio Code to the letter, then so does the local school district, and they shouldn’t ask homeschoolers to ignore the letter of the law for any reason.

This is the best information we have at our disposal at this time, so it is up to each homeschool family to decide for themselves how they want to handle this situation.

One thing to take into consideration: if the superintendent’s office in your district contracts the handling of notifications to the GCESC, and homeschoolers send their notification to the superintendent, the school district office will most likely forward it to the GCESC anyway.

This means it the superintendent may miss their 14 day response window, which could result in homeschoolers waiting longer than usual to receive their excuse letters.

UPDATE: I spoke to Xenia School Superintendent Pro Tem Denny Morrison on the phone today, and he assured me that if homeschoolers in his district send their notifications to his office, he will forward them to the GCESC as quickly as possible. He is not advising homeschoolers to ignore the Ohio Code on this issue, and will do whatever he can to expedite the homeschool notification/excuse letter process.

If anyone has any additional information that would be helpful, please let us know by using the Contact Form, or leave a comment below.

Attend our Homeschool Information Workshop on Thursday, August 14th

homeschool information workshopYou are welcome to attend the PEACH Homeschool Information Workshop on Thursday, August 14th, from 7pm to 9pm at Arrowbrook Baptist Church in Xenia. We open the doors at 6:45pm.

At this meeting you will learn about homeschooling in Ohio, meet PEACH officers and activity coordinators, find out if PEACH is a good fit for your family, be able ask questions of veteran homeschoolers, and enjoy food, fun, and fellowship with area homeschoolers.

There is literally something for every homeschooler at our workshop, so make plans now to attend.

All of our regular monthly meetings are free and open to the public, so bring friends and family who are interested in learning more about homeschooling.

 

The new PEACH Year begins July 1st!

welcome to peach buttonPEACH will open for new memberships beginning July 1, 2014 for the 2014-2015 school year. If you are interested in joining PEACH, please use the Contact button and an invitation will be sent to you.

Membership renewals begin mid-July, and the deadline for renewal is the September PEACH Meeting (Thursday, September 11th). A late fee of $5.00 will be charged for membership renewals received after the September PEACH meeting.

Please note that as a homeschool support group, we restrict membership to those who are engaged in home education as defined by Ohio Code 3301-34-03. This means that those who use virtual/cyber schools or have enrolled their children in a private school are not eligible for membership. Technically, virtual schools like Ohio Virtual Academy or Ohio Connections Academy are defined by law as public school students.

Please read carefully the PEACH Statement of Faith, Bylaws and Policies before joining, as agreement with these is required for membership.  

If you have any questions about membership, use the Contact form or email us at membership@peachhomeschool.org.

Sinclair English Department reaches out to homeschoolers

Sinclair Community College’s English Department is hosting the second annual Jack Bennett Youth Writing Festival on Saturday, April 5, 2014, and homeschoolers are welcome to attend these fantastic workshops!

The first session begins at 10am, an the last session ends at 3pm. And it’s FREE.

Award-winning Sinclair faculty — poets, novelists, essayists, performance artists, and short story writers—will be facilitating sessions for 6-8 and 9-12 graders. They are offering an exciting array of sessions encompassing writing poetry to college-applications.

This year, special guest artists from Metaphorically Speaking will offer workshops for both age groups in writing and performance skills.

In addition, a session for high school teachers on preparing secondary students for writing in college will be presented from 10-1:30 that day.

You may register on the day of the event in the loggia of the Sinclair Library, Building 7.

This event is FREE and lunch will be provided. Last year lunch included pizza, fruit and bottled water and this year will probably be similar.

The session for High School teachers may be of interest for parents who are homeschooling teens who plan to attend college.

You can download the .pdf flyer for this event by clicking on this link – Youth Writing Festival Flyer.

Homeschool Workshop ~ Charlotte Mason/Classical

Kathy Hoeweler, one of the assessors who shared at PEACH’s January meeting, along with Loa Sholder, is offering a workshop on March 1, 2014.  Feel free to pass this information to other homeschool families.  The details:

 INSPIRATION FOR YOUR EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY

Learn to infuse the best of Charlotte Mason’s Principles and the Stages of Learning into your learning lifestyle!

Does your homeschool journey need a breath of fresh air?  Learn to let go of your public school paradigm with guidance and inspiration from some of the best and most trusted educational philosophies.  We’ll set the stage by sharing Charlotte Mason’s principles as well as look at the classical approach to the 3 stages of learning and will touch on who God created your child to be.  The workshop will then be devoted to sharing these methods in a “learn by doing” lifestyle as we look at what and how to teach various subjects.  These will include reading (spelling, dictation and copywork, too), nature, art and history.  We’ll talk about habit and how to “schedule” what you have learned.  There will also be time for Q and A.

When:  March 1, 2014.  Setting is limited to 40 attendees.  Pre-registration is a must.  The conference will be from 9-12:30.  Sign in and pick up materials at 8:30.  We will start promptly at 9 AM.  Please plan to be seated before then.

Where:  LJB, Inc. 2500 Newmark Drive, Miamisburg, OH 45342.  LJB is conveniently located between Lyons Road and SR 741 in Miamisburg behind the Dayton Mall.  Look for the red circle with the initials “L J B” in white.  There is plenty of free parking.

Who:  Kathy Hoeweler is a certified teacher who had to totally change her educational paradigm when she began to homeschool 20+ years ago.  Charlotte Mason was the spark that ignited a journey of learning as a lifestyle.  Kathy is married to Tim.  They will celebrate their 30th anniversary March 31st.  They have 4 children, 2 of whom are homeschool graduates.  Their journey has also included adopting and homeschooling children with special needs.  Kathy values the time she spends with Moms (and sometimes, Dads, too) completing narrative assessments.  Folks appreciate her out of the box thinking.

Loa Sholder has three teenagers and is looking forward to her oldest child graduating from learning at home this spring.  It hasn’t always been a smooth journey, her oldest child didn’t learn to read until 4th grade and her daughter was also diagnosed with double-deficit dyslexia a few years later.  Today she is a reading tutor with specialized training in remediating dyslexia and has helped teach numerous children how to unlock the world of print.  Loa and her husband, Kevin, live in WashingtonTownship.

Cost:  $20 includes the workshop, snacks, materials and door prizes.  Checks must be received by Saturday, February 22nd.  A confirmation e-mail will be sent.

Please make checks payable to:

Kathy Hoeweler
3086 Lytle Road
Waynesville, Ohio45068.

Include your printed name, cell phone number and e-mail address.  If you have not received your confirmation e-mail within 5 days of sending your check please send an e-mail to Kathy.  khoeweler@woh.rr.com

We hope you’ll join us!

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