Homeschooling at Night ... ?

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Homeschooling at Night ... ?

Postby vja4Him » Sat May 29, 2010 10:08 pm

Can I homeschool my son (junior high) during the late-afternoon or in the evening? I work during the day, so I could not be home during the daytime.

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Postby hscoach » Sun May 30, 2010 2:42 pm

Yes, that is fine. Your state may will have a required number of school days and may have a required number of hours you need to do work each day but the time of day doesn't matter.

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Postby rachelinnys » Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:41 am

I end up homeschooling my daughter all sorts of hours. Some times on holidays, sometimes on weekends...at night.

Though she is supposed to get off any holidays the school has scheduled...I find it best to work on our own schedule rather than the schools.

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Homeschool at night

Postby fusgeyer » Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:19 pm

You did not say what state you are in. Some states require that homeschooling takes place during specific hours.

Overall, most states allow you to homeschool to fit your schedule. That said, it is not right to leave a young teenager home alone all day with nothing to do. They are old enough to do their assignments during the day and you can come home and help them with the work they did not understand. Are there other homeschool parents around who can help with keeping an eye out for your teen so he is not left alone?
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Postby Theodore » Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:24 pm

I know of places that don't like children outside during school hours, but I haven't heard of any that require you to study during specific hours. Can you list off a few states so I can verify this, just for my own personal information?

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States Requiring Specific Hours of Homeschool

Postby fusgeyer » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:36 am

Several states require that homeschooling take place during specific hours. This is not a complete list.

1) Alabama, they require instruction for homeschool take place during the hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm if parents are using the private tutor option of homeschooling.

2) Disctrict of Columbia (Washington D.C.)
requires homeschool to take place on an equivilent schedule as the public schools. This can be construed to mean the same hours.

3) Kansas
Homeschools in Kansas must provide instruction for a time period substantially equivalent to public schools. This can be interpreted as the same hours as.

To the best of my knowledge there are no legal cases in D.C. or Kansas that specifically define the hours of homeschoolng.

Here is the link to my article series on homeschooling that I am writing for Associated Content about homeschooling laws in the U.S. 8)
http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5602478/a_guide_to_homeschool_regulations_in.html?cat=4
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Postby Theodore » Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:28 pm

Interesting. Aside from tutoring in Alabama, however, which doesn't necessarily count as homeschooling anyway, it sounds like the rules are open to whatever interpretation you want to put on them. Given that at least one state somewhere does expressly state the hours of instruction for at least one method of instruction, it seems to me that other states that don't would have a tough time prosecuting you as long as you followed the school year and could show good faith in terms of hours of study.

Though in general, running around outside during a school day always runs the risk of you being questioned about truancy. May as well err on the safe side, even if all they can do is be a horrible nuisance.


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