Ohio, starting homeschooling midyear
My 5th grade son attends public school. I am considering homeschooling him for the remainder of 5th grade due to illness. He has hardly been in school since mid January and it already feels like I homeschool with all the time I have to spend with him doing his make up work.
All I really want to do at this point is finish his 5th grade year at home and then send him back to public school next year if his health allows. He LOVED school until he got sick.
Although I have never homeschooled I am fairly familiar with the laws as I looked into it a few years ago when I lived in a terrible district.
My first question is about the 900 hours that Ohio requires per year. since he is almost at the 3rd quarter of this year would there be some sort of break down in how many hours I would be required to spend teaching before he goes back to public school in August? How would I know how many hours are required?
My next question is a bit trickier. I have read that I just have to call the school and let the principal know that I intend to homeschool and state that I have sent my notification to the superintendant. Most sites I have looked at say that is all the contact I should have with the school. Some even suggest having a 3rd party go to the school and get his belongings from is locker. However I have talked to this man a few times on the phone over the past 2 months. He has been more than helpful. He knows my son is having some serious health issues and he knows some of them are stress related and that school is one thing that is stressing him out at the moment. I really don't want to be curt with this man that has been so helpful to me in the past weeks. I also still have 2 other children in the system. I have no desire to alienate the school staff.
I would also really like to ask if I can continue to use his textbooks. If he is to return to public school in the fall. I want to make sure he has covered the same things his peers have covered.
Ohio also requires that I either submit a portfolio or have him take the ohio achievement test. His school will be taking it next month and if possible I would still like him to test with the school. It's in my best interest to remain on friendly terms with the principal.
One of my biggest concerns is keeping this as stress free as possible for my son. I think at first having his familiar books will be comforting for him.
I really need to begin homeschooling him as soon as possible.
So, do I pull him out with hardly talking to the principal as so many sites suggest or do I use a bit more tact and and ask if I can continue using his texts and workbooks?
Any thoughts on this are appreciated.