Parents decide to enroll their children in home school programs for a variety of reasons. Some feel their child needs the small structured environment of home, some do not want their child exposed to the standardized requirements of a public school, some are needing to avoid social situations or it could be that the child is involved in an activity that requires them to have an extremely flexible schedule.
If you believe your home-schooled child has a learning disorder, you have the right to seek an evaluation and services from your local public school district. The level of responsibility that the school district has for providing special education services to eligible home-schooled students depends on whether the IEP team determines that services should be provided.
Usually, an IEP team will decide not to provide services unless the child is enrolled full or part time within the public school district.
If you decide to have your child evaluated, you should contact your local public school district, state that your child is in a home school program and request an evaluation.
Once a home-schooled child is referred to special education, the local public school is required to complete the evaluation within 60 days.
You can use this sample letter if you need assistance in requesting a special education evaluation. Simply change the information to reflect the specific needs of your child.
The district will follow the process outlined in IDEA including:
For example, a child could be enrolled for 2 hours on Monday and Wednesday’s so they could receive reading support from a specialist. Or, if your child is older, you could enroll them in an elective class or physical education class so they are regularly on campus to receive support services.
If services can be provided at the district office, you can ask to arrange a regular time every week so your child can attend the support program.