Letter of Termination
A Letter of Termination is submitted to the district to announce that a parent is done homeschooling. It is not sent until actually done homeschooling--whether because the student will be enrolled in a school, has moved out of state, has graduated high school, or such. If the Letter of Termination is submitted during the school year, the student must then be registered in a school for the remainder of the school year unless the student has graduated.
Q: Must I use a district form?
A: No. Under Florida law, districts are not allowed to require the use of specific forms. Districts often have forms that can be used, but they often request information that parents do not have to provide and often include incorrect information. Use of district forms can lead to districts mistakenly thinking that they can require forms or that they can demand more information from parents.
Using alternate forms is a simple way to protect our freedoms and to show officials that a parent understands the law and will not easily be pushed around.
Feel free to use the forms on this page to send official information to the school district.
Or adapt the forms and create your own letter.
A signature is required.
See the FL DOE's Home Education contact list for information on where to send official documentation such as the Letter of Intent, and evaluation paperwork.
Districts are required to provide written confirmation of receipt of documentation. If no confirmation is received within two weeks, we recommend sending again but this time include the superintendent. Contact information for superintendents
Email is a great option for sending as email is considered a legal record in Florida and provides a great paper trail. Be wary of certified mail as the receipt has proven useless many times as officials have stated the receipt only proves that an envelope was received.
Delivering in person can be a good option if the office is open; many such officials are still working from home now; be sure to request a receipt which will likely be a photocopy with their "date received" stamp on it.
If you are going to continue homeschooling in a different Florida county, you may prefer to use a transfer form instead of a Letter of Termination. If using a Transfer Form, an evaluation is not required unless it would have been due anyway.
Use of the Form
The Home Education Transfer Request form is designed to be sent by the parent after moving to a new Florida school district.
The parent can print out the form from this page and complete it and then email, mail, or hand-deliver the form to the new and old school districts. (Email is often the easiest way and will make district verification simpler.)
An actual signature is required. A photo or scan can be sent to both districts.
The old district should send verification to both the parent and the new district of the next evaluation deadline based on the original letter of intent to the new district.
History of the Form
Home Education Transfer Request Form
A committee formed by Brenda Dickinson, including myself and another long-term homeschool advocate, worked at the behest of Sandra Eggers at the Florida Dept of Education, over the last weeks of January 2022 to revise a form that would then be given to all the Florida school districts (aka counties) to smooth the process of transferring home education records for those who move from one county to another.
In October 2020, when Brenda Dickinson, myself, and a couple of other homeschool veterans worked to vet proposed changes to the official Florida Dept of Education's Home Education FAQ page online, we discussed the fact that Florida law says that home education is NOT a school district program and the practice that was required at that time of having to send in a Letter of Termination with an evaluation didn't make sense if the parent was continuing to homeschool and just moving to a new district. If home education wasn't a school district program, why should it matter to them that the program was changing location within Florida? We proposed that parents could, after moving to a new county, transfer their Letter of Intent without a Letter of Termination and an evaluation to the old county and the parent should keep the same evaluation deadline. The Florida Dept of Education agreed that this was in keeping with state law and the change was implemented in their official Home Education FAQ pages and announced at one of the regular meetings of the Home Education Liaisons for each district.
But no clear process was put in place and some districts rejected the process. Some misunderstood and thought that sharing of too much information, aka too much work, was involved to make this process work. Confusion has reigned.
The new form was designed to create a process that all the districts will understand and comply with.
Where should I send the form?
The form should be sent to both the old and new school districts' home education contacts after moving to a new Florida school district.
Contact information for the Home Education Liaisons in all Florida school districts should be listed on this contact list that the Fl Dept of Education maintains or look on the local school district's website for their home education contact information.
When will written confirmation be received?
Written confirmation of the evaluation deadline information provided by the old school district to the new school district should be sent to the parent. If this information is not received in about two weeks, we recommend sending again to the Home Education Liaisons AND the school superintendents
Florida school superintendent contact information can be found on this contact list.
Home Education Transfer form
Updated Feb. 2022
Moved to a new Florida county and continuing to homeschool?
The new district should be notified of your intent to homeschool (within 30 days of moving) and your previous school district should be notified that you are no longer homeschooling in their district. This transfer form can be used for both. In addition, the transfer form will prevent the old district from requiring an evaluation if one wasn't yet due.
Q: What other documentation is required?
A: An evaluation must also be sent to the district's home education contact. The evaluation documentation can be sent with the Letter of Termination. Or the evaluation can be sent separately, within 30 days of the Letter of Termination.
While the Letter of Termination and evaluation are all that the district needs to end your homeschooling.
But you will likely want to put together a transcript or report card for the child's school, college, or permanent records. Click here for more information.
If your child is graduating high school, see our page on high school for information on documentation for graduation.
Q: I'm trying to enroll my child in a private school for next school year. The school wants to see my Letter of Termination now, in March, even though I'm not enrolling my child until August.
A: Oops. Sounds like the private school does not understand Florida home education law. If you are registering a child in August, you wouldn't send the Letter of Termination until the summer at the earliest.