Homeschooling in Webster County
The Webster County Board of Education encourages enrollment in its public schools but recognizes exemptions from compulsory public school attendance including enrollment in parochial, private, other approved schools, or home instruction. If home instruction is chosen, it is the responsibility of the parents to follow all guidelines, procedures, and rules set forth in WV State Code 18-8-1.
ASSESSMENT INFORMATION: Webster County Schools offers homeschool students the opportunity to take the WV General Summative Assessment for grades 3-8. Grade 11 students may take the SAT assessment. If you would like your students to take the assessment for his/her grade level, please check this box or notify Allison Pyle extension 2204 or Tammy Holcomb extension 2205 by December 1 of each year so that your child can be scheduled.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If you are the parent of a 9-12 student and decide to homeschool, your child is no longer a Webster County High School student and will not earn credits for homeschool courses. If they return to the high school, they will have to take the classes required for graduation according to state and county policy. Also, your child will not earn a Webster County High School Diploma.
In West Virginia, there are two options by which you may homeschool. The first option allows you to homeschool by requesting approval from the county board of education. The second option enables you to homeschool by sending a Notice of Intent (NOI) to the superintendent.
This page provides everything you need to begin homeschooling under option (c) (2) of West Virginia Code 18-8-1.
When a child begins homeschooling, the parent or legal guardian must submit a one-time Notice of Intent to the Director of Attendance or Superintendent, preferably before the school year begins. The Notice of Intent (NOI) must include:
Name of student, Address, and Age
Assurance that the child will receive instruction in Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies
Assurance that the child will be assessed annually
The person providing the home instruction must submit a copy of his or her Diploma or GED to Tammy Holcomb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Notice of Intent will remain in effect until the Director of Attendance or Superintendent is notified that the family is no longer homeschooling or that the family is moving to another district or state.
The assessment is required annually and is to be kept on record by the parent for at least three years. The assessment must be submitted to the County at the 3rd, 5th, 8th, and 11th grades only. The assessment should be submitted to the Director of Attendance or Superintendent by June 30th. Any parent wishing to submit the assessment to the Webster County BOE, annually, may do so, and the results will be kept in the student’s files.
When available, textbooks may be loaned for home instruction and must be returned by June 30th. Contact the Director of Curriculum, Dr. Pyle, to request textbooks.
Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities
Secondary students may participate in interscholastic athletic events and other extra-curricular activities of secondary schools by meeting the following criteria:
Demonstrating satisfactory evidence of academic progress for one year in compliance with the WV State Code 18-8-1(c);
Is enrolled in at least one virtual instructional course per semester, consistent with the applicable virtual instruction policy of the county board in which the home-schooled student lives and the State Board;
Has not reached the age of 19 by August 1 of the current school year for high school students and age 15 for middle school students;
Is an amateur who receives no compensation, but participates solely for the educational, physical, mental and social benefits of the activity;
Agrees to comply with all disciplinary rules of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission and the county board in which the home-schooled student lives; and
Agrees to obey all rules of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission governing awards, all-star games, parental consents, physical examinations, and vaccinations applicable to all high school athletes.
Eligibility is limited to participation in interscholastic athletic events and other extracurricular activities at the public secondary school serving the attendance zone in which the student lives: Provided, that home-schooled students who leave a member school during the school year are subject to the same transfer protocols that apply to member-to-member transfers. Reasonable fees may be charged to the student to cover the costs of participation in interscholastic athletic events and other extracurricular activities.
NOTE: Webster County Schools does not endorse any of the links or organizations listed above. All of the information provided is intended for research purposes only and is not given as legal advice. One of the most important steps you can do to prepare for homeschooling your child is to become familiar with West Virginia laws about homeschooling.
By Tammy Holcomb