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Ohio Legal Analysis

A detailed analysis of Ohio’s homeschool law

COVID-19: Urgent—ODE Changing Guidance on Assessments

The Ohio Department of Education has released guidance for homeschooling during COVID-19 that conflicts with what we previously told you.

Ohio 08 School Forms

If you choose to homeschool as a non-chartered, non-tax supported ("08") school in Ohio, you can use the forms below to keep and report the required records.

Special Education Provisions for Ohio

Special education provisions for homeschooled students in Ohio.

Ohio Sample Curriculum Outline

Here's an example of how to structure Ohio's required “brief outline of intended curriculum for the current year.”

Ohio Notice of Intent Form

Fill out this form and mail it Certified Mail/Receipt Requested to the superintendent of your Ohio school district before school begins each year.

The Importance of Recordkeeping in Ohio

Here are the records you need to keep for your homeschool in Ohio.

Compulsory School Age in Ohio

Here’s when you need to start following Ohio’s compulsory school law for each of your children.

Jury Duty Laws in Ohio

Here’s what Ohio law says about jury duty exemptions for homeschool parents.

Ohio Testing and Assessment Forms

Depending on which Ohio testing option you choose, you can use one of the forms below to report your student's annual assessment. Use these form as instructed below.

Ohio Moving Notice Sample Letter

When moving Ohio school districts during the school year, you can request your excuse letter be transferred to your new district of residence using this sample letter.

Public School Access for Homeschoolers in Ohio

Here’s what Ohio law says about homeschool students’ access to public school classes or services.

Ohio 08 School Report of Attendance Form

If you choose to homeschool as a non-chartered, non-tax supported ("08") school in Ohio, you can use this form to fulfill attendance record keeping requirements.

Ohio 08 School Report to Parents Sample Letters

If you choose to homeschool as a non-chartered, non-tax supported ("08") school in Ohio, you can model your required "Report to Parents" letter and cover letter after these samples.

Child Labor and Work Permit Laws in Ohio

Homeschooling? Here’s what you should know about Ohio’s child labor laws and work permit requirements.

How to Comply with Ohio’s Homeschool Law

Are you considering homeschooling your child? You can do it! As you get started, it’s important to make sure you comply with the education laws where you live. This page helps you understand how to homeschool legally in Ohio—step-by-step.

How to Withdraw Your Child from School in Ohio

How to withdraw your child from their current school in Ohio and start homeschooling them.

Ohio: Am I Breaking the Law if I Send My NOI to the ESC?

At Home School Legal Defense Association, we answer thousands of questions from Ohio families every year and help resolve hundreds of disputes between homeschooling parents and the more than 600 school districts in the state.

Ohio Assessments Officially Waived for 2020-21

Homeschoolers no longer need to submit test scores for the 2020-2021 school year.

Truant Officers Harassing Homeschoolers in Ohio?

Home School Legal Defense Association is receiving numerous reports about truant officers and police showing up unannounced and uninvited at private homes to “check up” and see if families are homeschooling.
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