Public School Attendance Exemptions
The Board of Education affirms that public education is mandated for all children between the ages of 6 and 18 in the School District unless an alternative private school or appropriate home school education program has been approved and implemented. Parents in the State of Utah have a duty to insure that their children receive an appropriate educational program if not enrolled in the public schools.
“Private School” means a school satisfying the following criteria:
- maintained by private individual entities;
- maintained and operated not at a public expense;
- generally supported, in part at least, by tuition, fee or charges;
- operated as a substitute for, and giving the equivalent of, instruction required in public schools;
- accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Association;
- employed teachers able to provide the same quality of education as public school teachers;
- established to operate indefinitely and independently, not dependent upon the age of the students available or upon individual family situations; and
- licensed as a business by the Utah Department of Business Regulations.
“Home School” means a school comprised of one or more students officially excused from compulsory public school attendance under this policy and § 53A-11-102 U.C.A.
Parent(s) or guardian(s) of a student in the Logan City
School District may discharge their duty by providing an alternative education program with:
- An approved accredited private school; or
- A home schooling program that meets the following requirements:
- the parents have prepared a curriculum which they can demonstrate covers the subjects prescribed by the State Board of Education;
- the home education program requires the same length of instructional time as required by the Utah State Office of Education for public school students.
- the parent(s) or guardian(s) have presented sufficient evidence to the Board of Education, or its designee, to satisfy that all educational requirements of the Logan City School District will be met;
- the parent(s) or guardian(s) has made a written application of exemption from public school attendance at least annually.
If the parent(s) or guardian(s) of a child has made the required application and/ showing to qualify for home schooling the Board of Education or designee shall issue a written Certificate to show exemption from public school attendance.
PLACEMENT AND GRADUATION
Students requesting re-admission at grade levels K-8 may be required to have appropriate placement testing performed to determine the grade level in which the student shall be placed upon admission.
Students entering the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade levels after participation in home or private school will be required to fulfill all graduation requirements. The district will not accept home education as credit towards graduation. The district will accept credit toward graduation from an accredited regularly-established private school.
Students may fulfill graduation credits by successfully completing courses required for credit or by demonstrating proficiency as determined by the school district in accordance with methods described under Utah Administrative Rules R277-700-6.
Students desiring graduation credit from home school classes must meet with school and district representatives prior to withdrawal from public school to discuss courses and requirements for demonstrated proficiency.
A student may be enrolled in a regularly-established private school or home school and also enrolled in Logan City School District classes.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Students exempted from compulsory public education who attend private or home schools may be eligible for participation in extracurricular activities according to the criteria of the Utah High School Activities Association.
Private and home school students participating in extra-curricular activities or dual enrollment are responsible for school fees in the same manner as full-time public school students. School fees for private or home school students shall be waived by the school or district if required under Utah law and State Board of Education policy.
Approved: June 22, 1999