Category Archives: Protecting Yourself

How to Write a Letter of Intent to Homeschool in NYS

The “letter of intent” (sometimes abbreviated as “L.O.I.”) is the first piece of paperwork you submit when you start homeschooling in New York State, and it’s probably the easiest to write.

But the New York State Regulations on Home Instruction don’t give any details on the wording (they just say that you have to “provide written notice” of your intentions), and some parents choke up when they go to write the letter, maybe because deciding to homeschool can feel so momentous that it seems to call for legalistic language.

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A Guide to the NYS Homeschool Regulations, Now Online

We’ve just uploaded a guide to the NYS homeschooling regulations, based on years of collective experience in encouraging and sometimes pressuring school districts (including the New York City “megadistrict”) to understand and follow them.

This document was originally written by Elsa Haas, director of PAHSI, for an international conference in Spain in 2011. But since it’s proven useful for NYS homeschoolers as well, we’ve now updated it to make it available on the Internet for the first time.

The Outline of Contents near the beginning of the document will tell you which numbered point to scroll down to for specific information (and a few anecdotes) on many, many aspects of the “Regs”: IHIPs, quarterly reports, testing, narrative assessments, peer group review panels, deadlines, prior records, grade level, correcting computer records, special needs, appeals – practically the whole shebang!

The current title is “How the Homeschool Regulations Really Work: Practical Nuances of the New York State Regulations on Home Instruction.”

Just click on the tab that says “NYS Regulations” at the top of this page. And please write to us at comments@pahsi.net to let us know what you think.