We live in Community School District 27 in New York City and the rule in our school district is that if you are absent for 20 consecutive days, you are automatically disenrolled. My mom panicked. If I was disenrolled, would I be able to get back into the class when I returned? I 'm in the gifted program for which you are tested and not zoned. I could be denied re-entry if my place in the class was filled. It was probably fortunate for me that I attended class from the start of the school year until 9/22/99 when rehearsals began. On Location Education informed the district that since our contract with Big League could be dissolved by either party with 30 days notice, I could return to school at any time. This may or may not have helped in keeping my place vacant in the class. As it turned out, the tour ended 4/2/00 and I returned to school for a month. It then resumed 5/18/00 for three weeks (we went to Brazil) and after returning on 6/5/00, I attended school for about another three weeks. Each time I went on and off homeschooling with not much effort and very little paperwork involved.
Going on-tour required being placed on a homeschooling status. My mom says that the process was quite simple probably because the person handling it at the District knew what she was doing and was extraordinary in the she did everything to help us rather than hinder us in the process. Thanks Carmen!!!
As instructed by Carmen, my mom wrote a letter to the District informing them that she wanted to apply me for a Homeschooling Status and asked for the packet of information and forms that had to be completed in order to get this accomplished.
In addition to outlining the required
subjects and the required hours of schooling, the packet basically
called for four items-
1. Submission of a curriculum
2. Quarterly Reports on the curriculum covered
3. Submission of Report Cards and the due dates
4. Standardized test scores and listed the acceptable standardized tests
Once disenrolled and on homeschooling, neither the school nor the teacher is required to do anything for you!
P.S.56Q (my school) however, provided
me with the textbooks and the workbooks. My 4th grade teacher,
agreed to provide me with the homework assignments, project assignments,
hand-outs and whatever else was pertinent. These she maintained
in a folder for me which my dad picked up periodically and mailed
to us on the road. On Location Education, having the expertise,
guided us through this process. They spoke to the District and
the school and followed-up with a letter to both. Once on tour,
we learned that the process for most of the other touring children
was the same.