Home Education Forms
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 Office of Choice's contact list for information on where to send official documentation.
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.
As of Oct. 2020, if a home education student moves to another Florida county, the parent can ask the new county to get the records from the old county. Some districts have not kept up and initially reject a parent's request. We've found that notifying the old county tends to complicate the process; sending to the new county and having them request from the old county seems to work best.
If either the new or old counties won't transfer records, we can help; cc us on an email to the district about it using Cheryl@FLHomeschoolEvaluations.com
Also feel free to include the FL Dept of Education on an email asking for a transfer using the address homeeducation@FLDOE.org as they can educate the district on the process
Q: What other forms are required?
A: None. No forms are required.
On the other hand, parents are required to keep records that include
Feel free to use the forms below or adapt them to something that works for your family.
See our page of portfolio examples for more information on record keeping and a variety of samples of others' records.