Based on information we at GHEA are receiving, many counties are changing the way forms are filed, the forms themselves, and are asking for information not required by GA law 20-2-690 (homeschool law). In compliance with our state law, people using a home study program (in other words, homeschooling) are required to submit the following information:
1. LETTER OF INTENT – according to the law this form MAY be provided by the local school system, but a letter itself may be written
A. To be submitted annually by Sept. 1 or within 30 days of the establishment of the home study program (in other words, within 30 days of when you start homeschooling)
a. YOU SHOULD NOT REPORT CHILDREN UNDER SIX (6) YEARS OF AGE UNLESS THEY HAVE PREVIOUSLY BEEN ENROLLED IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL FOR AT LEAST 20 DAYS.
b. In compliance with the law, you do not have to submit these forms once they turn 16, BUT…
c. In accordance with the driver’s license law, you need to! Keep submitting until they graduate from your homeschool program.
d. After 16, they may be considered truant if you are not submitting a form, unless they are graduates.
B. Form or letter should contain the following information ONLY :
a. Parents’/Guardians’ names
b. Address of home study program (address where home education is taking place)
c. Names of children being home educated
d. Their ages as of Sept. 1 of the year
e. The dates of your home study program (just the dates from one school year to the next, i.e. Sept. 1, 2011 - Aug. 31, 2012 – must be 365 day-period whatever dates you pick.)
f. Signature of Parent/Guardian
g. Date of signature
NOTE: You may provide them with any other information you wish, but the above is what is required by law. Some counties are asking for home phone numbers, cell phone numbers, e-mail addresses, special education information, last school attended, etc. This information is voluntary ONLY!!)
2. ATTENDANCE FORM
a. To be submitted monthly, at the end of the month. There is a discrepancy among the counties as to a grace period of tardiness. Best advice: Within five days of the next month – not a legal time period – just good sense.
NOTE: No other information should be required, nor offered, on the Letter of Intent or Attendance Form. You can mark this non-required information “NA”.
Compliant forms are available for free download on www.ghea.org. You may file them on-line in many counties, or you may contact the School Superintendent’s Office in your county. Whatever method of filing you do, make at least 2 hard copies for your file.
NOTE: You are NOT required by law to file on-line.
If your county is out of compliance, please notify the GHEA office at 770-461-3657. Clearly leave your name, your number, and your county.
We encourage all Georgians to join Home School Legal Defense Association (www.hslda.org) to help protect the rights of all homeschoolers in Georgia, throughout the United States, and internationally.
Membership in ANY organization, being under the authority of an umbrella or hybrid school or any other home study program is NOT required in Georgia.