With the continuing threat of the Coronavirus, many parents may be considering the option of educating their children from their own homes. We here at Williams, McClernan & Stack, LLC strive to provide families with the information to make reasoned and informed decisions regarding all aspects of their family lives, from birth/adoption, to unfortunate separations and into life's final chapters. To this end, we share the following highlights from the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) to assist our clients with the difficult decisions regarding the education of their children.
Before a child can be enrolled in home instruction (or homeschooled), a parent must enter into a written agreement with the school system. This written agreement must be made at least 15 days before the beginning of the home instruction program.
The home instruction program shall:
1) Provide regular instruction in studies usually taught in the public schools to children of the same age.
2) Include instruction in English, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, health, and physical education.
3) Take place on a regular basis during the school year and be of sufficient duration to implement the instruction program.
The parent must maintain a portfolio which:
1) Demonstrates the parent is providing regular, thorough instruction during the school year.
2) Includes relevant instructional materials and examples of the child’s writings, worksheets, workbooks, creative materials, and tests.
3) Shall be reviewed by the local superintendent at the conclusion of each semester.
The parent agrees to permit a representative of a local school system to review the portfolio of educational materials and discuss the instructional program not more than three times per school year.
A parent who chooses to home school his or her child is entitled to have the child participate in standardized testing administered by the school system. A home-schooled student, however, may not participate in public school athletic programs.
If you have questions or would like further information about home instruction, you can schedule a consultation with Joshua Brewster, Esq. by calling Williams, McClernan, & Stack LLC at 240-309-4179.
For more detailed information, you may access the Regulations here. http://www.dsd.state.md.us/