Aging Out in NYC – Made Simple

After our last blog post (“That Letter on Teens Aging Out”), we were asked for “the one-page version.” Here it is (except that the first point is about something that we hadn’t thought of until people started talking about doing it):

  • If your child won’t be 17 by June 30 (2013), please don’t call the Office of Home Schooling right now about “aging out” – wait at least until after June 30. (They’re busy, and whatever they can tell you about this year’s procedures might have changed by the time it’s your turn anyway.)
  • If your child will be 17 by June 30, decide whether you want to continue filing homeschool paperwork in 2013-14 or not. (To decide, you might want to go to our previous blog post, “That Letter on Teens Aging Out”, and have a look at the last set of bulleted points, which begins: “Car insurance discounts for good students.”)
  • If you got a letter about moving beyond compulsory school age, please call the number in the letter, ask for the person whose name is on it, and say whether you want to continue filing the paperwork or not. (Or, if you don’t want to continue filing paperwork, you can just not call – but that means they might waste their time trying to contact you, which could put them in a bad mood for other people.)    
  • If your child will be 17 by June 30 but you didn’t get a letter about aging out, assume that your letter got lost in the mail; ask somebody who did get one whom you should call (or write to PAHSI and we’ll tell you); and then call to tell that person that you didn’t get a letter. (If you don’t do this, your child might be removed from the “active register” – and that might be hard to undo because of who has what level of computer access when.)  
  • If you do call, please don’t say that you know you aren’t required by the Regulations to go to the “planning interview conference” described in the letter. (They already know that, and it might sound rude.)  
  • If you don’t want to go to a “planning interview conference”, you can ask (politely) whether it would be possible to accomplish the same thing over the phone.
  • If you want to go, but can’t make it to the appointment given in the letter, you can ask for a different appointment – but understand that the person working on this “aging out” task was brought in from another office for only a limited period.
  • If you want to file homeschool paperwork in 2013-14 and you’re behind on your paperwork for 2012-13, you may need to apologize profusely and/or catch up quickly.
  • If your child gets special education services and you want them to continue, you might want to mention that.  
  • If you’re asked whether your child plans to go to college and the answer is “no”, you might want to say “maybe” instead.
  • If your child wants to take College Now classes or do any other outside activity that’s particularly academic or formal (like continuing to take music classes at a conservatory), you might want to mention that.
  • Please let us know what happens. We like details.