The purpose of this policy is to recognize and provide guidelines in accordance with state law for parents who wish to have their children receive education in a home school that is an alternative to an accredited public or private school.
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
The Compulsory Attendance Law (Minn. Stat. § 120A.22) provides that the parent or guardian of a child is primarily responsible for assuring that the child acquires knowledge and skills that are essential for effective citizenship. (Minn. Stat. § 120A.22, Subd. 1)
III. CONDITIONS FOR HOME SCHOOLING
The person in charge of a home school and the school district must provide instruction and meet the requirements specified in Minn. Stat. § 120A.22.
The parent or guardian of a home-schooled child shall submit statements as required by Minn. Stat. § 121A.15, Subds. 1, 2, 3 and 4, on the appropriate Minnesota Department of Education form, to the superintendent of the school district in which the child resides by October 1 the first year of Home Schooling in Minnesota and the grade 7 year. (Minn. Stat. § 121A.15)
V. TEXTBOOKS, INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL, STANDARD TESTS
Upon formal request as required by law, the school district will provide textbooks, individualized instructional materials and standardized tests and loan or provide them for use by a home-schooled child as provided in Minn. Stat. § 123B.42 and Minn. Rules Ch. 3540. The school district is not required to expend any amount for this purpose that exceeds the amount it receives pursuant to Minn. Stat. §§ 123B.40-123B.48 for this purpose. If curriculum has both physical and electronic components, the school district will, at the request of the student or the student’s parent or guardian, make the electronic component accessible to a resident student provided that the school district does not incur more than an incidental cost as a result of providing access electronically.
VI. PUPIL SUPPORT SERVICES
Upon formal request as required by law, the school district will provide pupil support services in the form of health services and counseling and guidance services to a home-schooled child as provided by Minn. Stat. § 123B.44 and Minn. Rules Ch. 3540. The school district is not required to expend an amount for any of these purposes that exceeds the amount it receives pursuant to Minn. Stat. §§ 123B.40-123B.48 for any of these purposes.
VII. SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
A. IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act)
Children who are enrolled in home school and are considered educationally disabled are entitled to free, appropriate special education services at a public school site. Parents of students with suspected disabilities may refer students to the public school district and request an educational assessment. A referral form must be completed by the parent and returned to the district. After receipt of the referral, the parent will be invited to participate in team decisions regarding assessment planning, need for special education and, if appropriate, the specific special education plan for the child. Contact the Special Education Department at 612-798-6043.
VIII. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Resident pupils who receive instruction in a home school where five or fewer students receive instruction may fully participate in extracurricular activities of the school district on the same basis as other public school students. (Minn. Stat. §§ 123B.36, Subd. 1, and 123B.49, Subd. 4)
IX. SHARED TIME PROGRAMS
Enrollment in class offerings of the school district.
A. A home-schooled child who is a resident of the school district may enroll in classes in the school district as a shared time pupil on the same basis as other nonpublic school students. The provisions of this policy shall not be determinative of whether the school district allows the enrollment of any pupils on a shared-time basis.
B. The school district may limit enrollment of shared-time pupils in such classes based on the capacity of a program, class, grade level, or school building. The school board and administration retain sole discretion and control over scheduling of all classes and assignment of shared time pupils to classes. (Refer to Administrative Guidelines 606.1)
X. OPTIONAL COOPERATIVE ARRANGEMENTS
1. Minnesota State High School League sponsored activities: A home-schooled student may participate in Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) activities offered by the school district upon application. A home school which is a member of the Minnesota State High School League may request that the school district enter into a cooperative sponsorship arrangement as provided in Minnesota State High School League Bylaw 403.00. The approval of such an arrangement shall be at the discretion of the school board.
a. The home school must become a member of the Minnesota State High School League in accordance with the rules of the Minnesota State High School League.
b. The home school is solely responsible for any costs or fees associated with its application for and/or subsequent membership in the Minnesota State High School League.
c. The home school is responsible for any and all costs associated with its participation in a cooperative sponsorship arrangement as well as any school district activity fees associated with the Minnesota State High School League activity.
d. The home school student must comply with district rules and policies, as well as school practices.
e. All home schooled students must go through the same competitive process for participation as public school students.
2. Non-Minnesota State High School League Activities:
A home-schooled child may participate in non-Minnesota State High School League activities offered by the school district upon application and approval from the school board to participate in the activity and the payment of any activity fees associated with the activity. However home school students may not be charged higher activity fees than other public school students. An approval shall be granted at the discretion of the school board.
B. Transportation Services
1. The school district may provide nonpublic non-regular transportation services to a home-schooled child.
2. The school board of the school district retains sole discretion and control and management of scheduling routes, establishment of the location of bus stops, manner and method of transportation, control and discipline of school children, and any other matter relating to the provision of transportation services.
Please refer to Policy Guidelines 742.1, 743.1 and 744.1
Legal References: Minn. Stat. § 124D.03 (Enrollment Options Program)
Minn. Stat. § 120A.22 (Compulsory Instruction)
Minn. Stat. § 120A.24 (Reporting)
Minn. Stat. § 120A.26 (Enforcement and Prosecution)
Minn. Stat. § 123B.49 (Co-curricular and Extracurricular Activities)
Minn. Stat. § 121A.15 (Health Standards; Immunizations; School Children)
Minn. Stat. § 123B.36, Subd.1 (School Boards May Require Fees)
Minn. Stat. § 123B.36, Subd.1 (Extra Curricular Activities)
Minn. Stat. § 123B.41 (Definitions)
Minn. Stat. § 123B.42 (Textbooks, Individual Instruction Material, Standard Tests)
Minn. Stat. § 123B.44 (Provision of Pupil Support Services)
Minn. Stat. § 123B.49, Subd.4
Minn. Stat. § 123B.86 (Equal Treatment - Transportation)
Minn. Stat. § 123B.92 (Transportation Aid Entitlement)
Minn. Rules Ch. 3540 (Textbooks, Individualized Instruction Materials, Standardized Tests
Cross References: Board Policy 502 (Resident and Nonresident Student Enrollment)
Board Policy 651 (Mission and Philosophy of the Richfield Interscholastic Athletic and Activity Program)
Board Policy 652 (Addition and Deletion of Interscholastic Athletic Offerings)
Board Policy 742 and Administrative Guidelines 742.1 (Student Transportation)
Board Policy 743 and Administrative Guidelines 743.1 (Pay-to-ride Service)
Board Policy 744 and Administrative Guidelines 744.1 (Co-Curricular and Athletic Transportation)
ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: December 17, 2007
REVISED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: August 12, 2013
606.1 Administrative Guidelines
NON-PUBLIC OR HOME SCHOOL PARTICIPATION IN
SHARED TIME PROGRAMS
These administrative guidelines have been developed pursuant to Board Policy 606, Section IX and serve a twofold purpose:
A. To provide guidance for families who would like their non-public or home-schooled students to be enrolled part-time in Independent School District 280, and
B. To guide building decisions regarding participation of non-public or home-schooled students in school curriculum offerings.
Shared-Time Students: Students who are enrolled part-time in Independent School District 280 and the remainder of the time in a non-public or home school.
III. FACTORS FOR CONSIDERATION IN DETERMINING PARTICIPATION
A. Student Eligibility:
1. Students who are residents of Independent School District 280 who attend
approved home schools full time and are in compliance with the Minnesota Compulsory Instruction Law may apply for limited shared-time enrollment privileges in Independent School District 280.
2. Shared-time privileges are available to all nonpublic students in grades 1-12 per the following limitations. Students in grades 9-12 may access any curricular offering and students in grades 1-8 may access allied arts.
3. Shared-time enrollment at the high schools will be limited to 2 semester credits or .4 or less of the school day, each semester, per year.
4. Shared-time students do not qualify for an Independent School District 280 high school diploma, participation in honor rolls, class rank, and other recognition available to full-time public school
students. In order to qualify for an ISD 280 High School diploma, a student must be enrolled at Richfield High School for one full semester, and the student’s transcript must be reviewed and approved by district administration. Student will also need to pass Minnesota Graduation Test requirements.
5. To be approved for a specific course, a student must have completed all pre-requisite course requirements and may be required to demonstrate appropriate skill and/or knowledge levels.
6. When participating in shared-time course, shared-time home-school students will be subject to all the same school and district policies, regulations and rules which apply to public school students, including student rights and responsibilities, grading and attendance and performance expectations.
7. Nothing in these guidelines is intended to exclude students with disabilities from receiving special education services.
B. Program Availability
1. Shared-time enrollment privileges are limited as follows:
a. No more that (1) science laboratory course may be enrolled in per semester at the high school level.
b. Shared-time students may enroll in a course which requires co-curriculum participation. (Re: Band)
c. Priority for course enrollment will be given to full-time public school students.
2. Shared-time enrollment will be provided only as space is available in the program, class, grade level and/or school building as determined by district administration.
3. Shared-time students enrolled for courses that are not offered consecutively must leave school property when not in class.
4. If the school lunch period falls between the two courses, the shared-time student may purchase a school lunch and eat in the student eating area. Students whose families fall within the income guidelines for free or reduced-price meals may qualify for a free or
reduced-price lunch. Inquires should be directed to the Supervisor of Food Services.
5. Home-school shared-time students may take state basic standards tests and nationally norm-referenced tests at the public school, as arranged with the principal.
a. The home school will be charged for the cost of the test and scoring.
b. Home-school student test results will be reported separately from the public school students.
IV. Application Process
A. All inquires for shared-time enrollment shall be directed to the Community Education Supervisor, who serves as the District administrative liaison to home schooled students.
B. Inquiries will be accepted from students who are residents of Independent School District 280 only.
1. Upon request, the Community Education Supervisor will provide an inquiring student with a shared-time enrollment application form (attached) and a copy of these guidelines.
2. The home school shall send each completed application to the principal of the school. The application must be received by May 1 for the student to be considered for shared-time enrollment the following school year. After May 1, approval will be made on a space-available basis.
3. The building administration shall review the application, review class scheduling issues, give approval and forward the application to the Community Education Supervisor with a recommendation for final approval or disapproval.
4. The Community Education Supervisor will give final approval or disapproval of the application and notify the principal/building administration of the decision.
5. The Community Education Supervisor will notify the home school principal of home-school students who will be participating in a shared-time course.
IV. RESPONSIBILITIES FOLLOWING ACCEPTANCE OF A SHARED TIME STUDENT
A. Class scheduling
Specific communication about class scheduling should take place between the shared-time applicant and the school principal or designee.
B. Calculations for Pupil Unit Accounting
Students accepted for shared-time enrollment will be counted as enrolled in the district for the purpose of calculating state aid. Principals of schools, which shared-time students attend, are responsible for calculating the proportion of classroom time in the district’s system of pupil unit accounting.
1. Students accepted for shared-time enrollments are eligible for district transportation to and from school if they are at an existing bus stop at the regularly-scheduled bus-stop time. This is subject to busing availability and if the student meets district policy guidelines for distance from school.
2. Students must be eligible for state transportation aid.
3. Transportation arrangements will be made by the Transportation Department, at the request of the home school or non public school.
ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: December 17, 2008
REVIEWED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: August 12, 2013
Application by Nonpublic Students or Home school for
Participation in Richfield Public School’s Shared Time Programs
Date of Application____________
Students Full Name______________________________________________________________________
Date of Birth__________________________ Grade in School__________________________________
Parent/Guardian Name___________________________________Home Phone______________________
Work Phone_____________________________Cell Phone________________________
Parent/Guardian Name___________________________________Home Phone______________________
Work Phone_____________________________Cell Phone_______________________
NON PUBLIC SCHOOL INFORMATION
School you are currently attending__________________________________________________________
Address of School_______________________________________________________________________
Category: Home-School Private School
Have you attend another Richfield School previously? Yes No
School Requested______________ Resident of school’s attendance area? Yes No Grade level_____
I agree to all policies and regulations set forth in Policy Guidelines 606.1 “Nonpublic Participation in Shared Time Programs”.