families can take advantage of the cyber school option, which allows students to register as public school students but school-at-home tuition free. These virtual schools can be charter schools, public, or private schools receiving funding from the government.
Ohio virtual schools include:
  • Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT)
  • Ohio Connections Academy
  • Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA)
  • Ohio Distance and Electronic Learning Academy (OHDELA)
  • Virtual Community School of Ohio
  • Virtual Schoolhouse
If your students are cyber-schooling and you’ve decided that it is not working for you or for them, you can withdraw and notify to homeschool independent of any school or program.
It is important that all correspondence with school officials be in writing, and that you keep copies for your own records. This provides you with documentation of all communications, along with the dates communication was sent and received. These things can become important later, as there are deadlines for school officials to respond to you.
You can write a letter to your virtual school to let them know you are withdrawing. You can also use this form from our website. This is all the information your cyber school needs from you in order for you to withdraw your child. After this, they no longer have any authority over your child’s education.
At the same time you send the withdrawal, fill out the homeschool notification form (step-by-step instructions are here, and attach a brief outline of your intended curriculum and a list of textbooks, programs, and other teaching materials you think you will use.

Based on the Ohio Administrative Code 3301-34-03 A(6), we recommend using the following outline of intended curriculum:

  • Language, reading, spelling, and writing
  • Geography, history of the United States and Ohio; and national, state, and local government
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Health
  • Physical education
  • Fine arts, including music
  • First aid, safety, and fire prevention.

For each subject area, list the resources you plan to use ( Ohio Administrative Code 3301-34-03 A(7)). The name of the textbook, program, or website is fine. You do not need to include grade level information. You may discontinue or add on resources as the year progresses, and you do not need to notify anyone of any changes. The Ohio Code clearly states that this part of the notification is “for informational purposes only”. You can include a reference to these sections of the OAC in your notification so that school officials understand what is required by law.

Then –

1) Make a copy of all of these forms and attachments for your own records.
2) Mail them via certified mail to the school superintendent of your local school district.

You can do a search for the address of the superintendent’s office of your district, or refer to this directory – Ohio School Boards, District Links.
Sending your forms to the local school superintendent’s office is required by law – you do not send homeschool notification forms to the educational service center, your local school, or to the cyber school. Sending them certified mail provides you with proof that the forms were received by their office, and on what date they received them.

Again – we do not recommend communicating via phone. Not only do phone communications not provide you with any documentation of the call or the information that was exchanged, it is very common for school officials to be unfamiliar with homeschool regulations, as dealing with homeschoolers is not one of their duties. Rather than risk the confusion of a phone call, stick with the clarification and evidence written correspondence ensures.

After the school superintendent receives your homeschool notification, they have 14 days to review it for compliance. Compliance means that you have included the information required by law. School officials cannot rewrite or interpret the law to suit their preferences.
The superintendent must provide you with a letter of excuse from compulsory attendance in a timely manner. They cannot ‘approve’ or ‘deny’ your choice to homeschool. Ohio is a notification state, not a ‘request for permission’ state.
Because of this, you can begin to homeschool at any time. You do not need to wait for a response from the school superintendent or the virtual school where your child was enrolled.

If you have any questions, feel free to use the Contact Form, or leave a comment below.
How to withdraw from a cyber school to begin homeschooling

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