Connecticut General Statute 10-184 says that all parents are responsible for ensuring that their children receive instruction in the following required subjects:
- Reading, writing, spelling, and English grammar;
- United States history, and citizenship, including a study of the town, state, and federal governments.
Parents have both a statutory and constitutional right to educate their children at home, and they are not required by law to initiate any contact with government officials before they begin to homeschool. The mere fact that a child is not enrolled in public school does not mean that the child is not receiving equivalent instruction in subjects taught in the public schools. Standardized testing is not required by statute or regulation. There are, however, some optional guidelines that HSLDA recommends to avoid questions of equivalent instruction.
1. File a notice of intent.
Within 10 days of starting your homeschool program, or at the beginning of the school year in subsequent years, file an annual notice of intent with your local superintendent. HSLDA recommends using a notice of intent form. Your notice must include the “name of teacher, subjects to be taught and days of instruction, and the teacher’s methods of assessment.”
We recommend that you mail your notice to the school district via Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested. If you hand-deliver your notice, be sure to have the superintendent's office mark the date the letter was received, sign or stamp the letter to indicate receipt, and give you a photocopy.
Please note that the notice is not a request for approval. By filing a notice of intent, you acknowledge full responsibility for the education of your child in accordance with the requirements of state law. Receipt of your notice of intent does not in any way constitute approval by the school district of your homeschool program.
2. Be prepared to attend an annual portfolio review meeting.
If you file a notice of intent, school officials may ask you to attend an annual meeting to “determine if instruction in the required courses has been given.” Your child’s portfolio should include some brief examples of the required school subjects that you indicated you would be teaching in your notice of intent.
Like the rest of the procedures in the guidelines, this annual review is optional. Many schools do not request a review, and there is no need to initiate contact with your school district if they have not set one up.
If you are an HSLDA member, we encourage you to contact us if school officials have asked you to participate in a review to discuss the options available to you.
Please note: The information on this page has been reviewed by an attorney, but it should not be taken as legal advice specific to your individual situation.