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Vermont Laws

VT Laws, Rules, Policies and Guidelines 

In Vermont Statute, the word "homeschooling" is not defined nor does it appear anywhere in statute. The term "Home Study" is used instead. The Home Study statute was designed to cover not only what we now know as homeschooling but also tutors teaching children in the home or another homeschooling family educating not only their children but the children of another family. This statute has been working since 1987 with major changes occuring in 2006. Otherwise it has been untouched and works quite well when the Agency of Education follows the law. 

Statute Title 16: Education

16 V.S.A. § 11(21). Classifications and definitions - of a home study program (scroll down to #21)

16 V.S.A. §166b. Home study statute 

16 V.S.A. § 906. Course of study

16 V.S.A. § 1121. Attendance by children of school age required

16 V.S.A. § 131. Definitions of Comprehensive Health. The home study statute does not reference this statute and therefore a home study program is not bound by these definitions. The minimum of what you must follow for comprehensive health is found in 166b which is: "the effects of tobacco, alcoholic drinks, and drugs". This link is for your information only. 

16 V.S.A. § 1127. Notice and complaint by truant officer; penalty

16 V.S.A § 563(24). Home study integration law scroll down to #24

Home Study Guidelines

AOE Home Study Guidelines booklet PDF

Agency of Education's Home Study website where you download their forms.

Statute Title 1:

Title: 1 V.S.A. § 317(11). Definitions; public agency; public records and documents. scroll down to #11

State Board of Education - Manual of Rules and Practices

Rule 4400 Integration of home study students scroll down to rule #4400

Rule 9200.3.1 Reimbursements to the public schools for home study students scroll down to rule #9200.3.1

Rule 1230 Rules of practice for home study hearing, scroll down to rule #1230

Rule 2369 Children with Disabilities Enrolled in Independent Schools and in Home Study scroll down to rule #2368. 

Local School Boards Policy

Allowing participation of Home Study students in school classes & activities was required by law in Act 119 of 1998 (#24). All local school boards must create a policy covering how this is to be done. You should ask your local school board or local superintendent to give you a copy of this policy concerning integration of home study students in public school classes and activities. You can view a model policy at: Vermont School Boards Association - Code C6. This is NOT part time enrollment in the public school but gives you access to a class or a sport. 

Federal Laws

US Department of Education - General information about FERPA

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 (IDEA)