HOW TO MEET REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS
Now that you've got your detailed plan and know the why, how and what of your education plan, you can winnow those details down to what you must file to comply with government regulations. While the government acknowledges that children have a right to an education determined and delivered by their parents, in practise they demand a lot of paperwork to protect their "compelling interest". Meeting the regulatory requirements need not be too burdensome: Our provincial organization, SHBE, has worked closely with HSLDA to create templates that make complying with the legalities less burdensome.
In Saskatchewan, you must:
File a notification of intent to homeschool and a written education plan with your local school division by August 15 1
File an annual progress report, also with your local school division, by June 15 1
You do not need to wait for a disastrous school year to complete before starting to homeschool!
You can file at any time in the school year, with 30 days notice
If that is not safe, please contact SHBE and/or HSLDA for advice
Major studies have demonstrated that there is zero statistical correlation between higher regulation and better academic outcomes. Homeschoolers file paperwork simply to fulfill regulatory requirements, not to "do better" or "get approval" - our proof will be in the lives of our families and children, not government paperwork.
This is a simple form that notifies the province that you intend to educate your children at home and will not be sending them to school. Since Home Based Education in Saskatchewan is basically an exemption from compulsory school attendance laws, the province requires that parents notify the school division in which they reside of their decision to provide their children with a home-based education. Here is the Policy and Instruction included with the Notification of Intent form.
The province requires that home based educators provide a "philosophy of education" and three broad annual goals for Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies, select a method of assessment and identify any resources being requested.
While there is always some disagreement over what constitutes a "broad" annual goal, the basic thing to remember is that this written education plan is meant satisfy the minimum legal requirements.
The Annual Progress Report provides an assessment of progress toward the stated goals and documents presentation of instruction within the home based education program. Your annual progress report will be formatted based on the method of assessment selected in your written education plan. The portfolio of work must be maintained regardless of your assessment method and must align with the goals documented in your written education plan.
WHERE TO FIND HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT
You found us! The Association of Regina Christian Home Educators (ARCHE) is a local support group, in and around Regina. ARCHE exists to encourage, equipe, and edify families as they seek to provide their children with a biblical education, in which parents teach their children about the home, wherever they go and whatever they do; as they rise, as they walk and as they lie down. ARCHE is committed to an understanding that homeschooling is the default model for Christian education.
ARCHE is led by Bible-believing Evangelical Christians, and happily serves homeschoolers regardless of religious conviction - our practices will include prayer and teaching from a biblical Christian worldview. Participation in ARCHE includes a standard of behaviour for ourselves and our children that seeks to promote a positive impression of homeschooling. Parents are expected to be responsible for their children at all times.
ARCHE distributes notifications and information about community events and activities, as well as organizing events and activities. Check out the "infoline" and "calendar" to see what is and has been going on!
Saskatchewan Home Based Educators (SHBE) is the official voice of home-based educators in Saskatchewan. Assisting to create a positive social network and a positive political environment for all those who choose home-based education, SHBE networks with homeschool organizations across the country, continent and world. SHBE meets regularly with the Ministry of Education, Provincial Government and Post-Secondary Institutions.
Every February, SHBE holds a homeschool convention that includes world-class speakers drawn locally and from around the world, a well-equipped vendor hall, and a used-book/used-curriculum sale.
SHBE is 100% volunteer and is formed by homeschoolers, for homeschoolers. SHBE supports all homeschoolers, without regard to their religious or philosophical convictions, without regard to their chosen educational methods, and without regard to the content of their instruction. The common bond that ties our members together is a commitment that children have a right to an education directed and provided by their parents, in keeping with the family's beliefs and values. Homeschooling is not only a parental right; it is a child's right; it is a human right.
For over 25 years Home-School Legal Defense Association Canada (HSLDA) has been working diligently to support homeschool families like yours by providing everything needed to succeed. Expert legal support, insurance coverage, and advice from our experienced staff are just some of the many benefits of joining HSLDA.
HSLDA is the only organization in Canada with the legal expertise to represent homeschooling families in disputes with school boards, social services, or provincial agencies. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have an expert legal team on your side when you need it.
In addition to legal services, HSLDA provides members with answers and advice from their easily accessible and experienced member services team, can provide paperwork to verify their family’s home education, letters for employment, student ID cards, GED and postsecondary support letters depending on your family’s needs.
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