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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Home School Count Reminder

Source: Special Education Finance

Intended Audience: Special Education Directors, Superintendents, Core Data Personnel

Date: February 1, 2012

The home school count on Core Data Screen 15 is due on February 15, 2012.  A home school student is a school-aged child who resides in the district; who has not received a diploma; whose parents or guardians filed a written declaration (as provided in Section 167.042, RSMo) indicating they are being home schooled; and, who does not attend a public, private, or parochial school.

Parents are not required to submit this declaration.  However, in order to count a student as home schooled for the purposes of Core Data screen 15 entry, the district must have received the WRITTEN declaration for the CURRENT year from the parents indicating their intent to home school the child. The declaration should include: the name and age of each child attending the home school, the address and telephone number of the home school, the name of each person teaching in the home school, and the name, address, and signature of each person making the declaration of enrollment.  Each declaration should be kept on file as back-up documentation for the data reported.

The home school count is used as part of the calculation for determining a district's Federal Part B Allocation for special education.  This count must be accurate in order to ensure compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and RSMo 167.042.

To access information about home school reporting, view the Core Data Manual at: http://www.dese.mo.gov/divimprove/coredata/CDmanual.html.

To access information about RSMo 167.042, go to:

http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/C100-199/1670000042.HTM.