"Notification of a Home School" - New Mexico

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New Mexico Public Education Department
Attention: Home School Notification
300 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786
Phone: (505) 827-6909
Notification of a Home School
This form must be completed and submitted to the Secretary of Education within thirty (30) days of the establishment
st
of a home school and again by August 1
of each subsequent year. Please use this form if you are unable to register
online at https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/options-parents-families/home-schools/. If electing to send a hard
copy form, families are advised to use Certified Return Receipt or other delivery verification for their records.
Please type or print legibly. All information must be completed.
School district where student and parent(s)/guardian(s) are residents.
Legal name(s) of all legal parent(s)/guardian(s)
Physical Home Address of student and custodial parent(s)/guardian(s):
Street Address
City
County
State
Zip Code
________________________________
__________________
_______
______
_________________
Child’s name (First, Middle, Last)
Date of birth
Gender
Grade
Ethnicity*
________________________________
__________________
______
______
_________________
Child’s name (First, Middle, Last)
Date of birth
Gender
Grade
Ethnicity*
(To list more than 2 children, please use the back of this form for additional space.)
If your home school student has an existing NM State Wide Unique Identifier, it will be added to the student record in the NMPED
Home School System for your reference (and is required when enrolling in dual credit programs or any public school activities/sports.)
If your student does not have a NM State Wide Unique Identifier, one will be assigned unless you opt out by checking the box.
Opt Out:
By signing below, I affirm that the parent/person providing instruction possesses at least a high school
diploma or its equivalent and that the information above is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I
have read the attached responsibilities and statutes pertaining to home schooling in New Mexico (pages 2-5).
PLEASE KEEP STATUTE PAGES FOR YOUR RECORDS.
_____________________________________________
___________________________
Signature of parent or legal guardian
Date
_____________________________________________
___________________________
Email Address
Phone
*Ethnicity Options required for Unique ID: Asian, Black (non-Hispanic), Caucasian (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, American
Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
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updated 07.22.2020
New Mexico Public Education Department
Attention: Home School Notification
300 Don Gaspar Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786
Phone: (505) 827-6909
Notification of a Home School
This form must be completed and submitted to the Secretary of Education within thirty (30) days of the establishment
st
of a home school and again by August 1
of each subsequent year. Please use this form if you are unable to register
online at https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/options-parents-families/home-schools/. If electing to send a hard
copy form, families are advised to use Certified Return Receipt or other delivery verification for their records.
Please type or print legibly. All information must be completed.
School district where student and parent(s)/guardian(s) are residents.
Legal name(s) of all legal parent(s)/guardian(s)
Physical Home Address of student and custodial parent(s)/guardian(s):
Street Address
City
County
State
Zip Code
________________________________
__________________
_______
______
_________________
Child’s name (First, Middle, Last)
Date of birth
Gender
Grade
Ethnicity*
________________________________
__________________
______
______
_________________
Child’s name (First, Middle, Last)
Date of birth
Gender
Grade
Ethnicity*
(To list more than 2 children, please use the back of this form for additional space.)
If your home school student has an existing NM State Wide Unique Identifier, it will be added to the student record in the NMPED
Home School System for your reference (and is required when enrolling in dual credit programs or any public school activities/sports.)
If your student does not have a NM State Wide Unique Identifier, one will be assigned unless you opt out by checking the box.
Opt Out:
By signing below, I affirm that the parent/person providing instruction possesses at least a high school
diploma or its equivalent and that the information above is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I
have read the attached responsibilities and statutes pertaining to home schooling in New Mexico (pages 2-5).
PLEASE KEEP STATUTE PAGES FOR YOUR RECORDS.
_____________________________________________
___________________________
Signature of parent or legal guardian
Date
_____________________________________________
___________________________
Email Address
Phone
*Ethnicity Options required for Unique ID: Asian, Black (non-Hispanic), Caucasian (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, American
Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
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updated 07.22.2020
Statutes Pertaining to Home School
In order to ensure all home school families – whether long-time homeschooling families, families
considering homeschooling for the first time, or families feeling that they have no other option –
understand the legal requirements of homeschooling in New Mexico as established in current statutes,
NM Public Education Department (“department”) has compiled the following informational pages.
Prior
to submitting this notification form, please read the following information in its entirety.
Responsibilities of parents and families engaged in home schooling:
A home study program of instruction must include instruction in reading, language arts,
mathematics, social studies and science. (Section 22-1-2(E) NMSA 1978)
All instruction in the student’s home study program of instruction must be provided by a person
possessing at least a high school diploma or its equivalent. (Section 22-1-2.1(C) NMSA 1978)
A home school parent is required to either maintain records of student disease immunization or a
waiver of that requirement for my home school student. (Section 22-1-.12(B) NMSA 1978)
A parent must notify the department within thirty days of the establishment of the home school
using the form provided by the department. (Section 22-1-2.1(A) NMSA 1978)
A parent must notify the department on or before August 1 of each subsequent year of operation
of the home school. (Section 22-1-2.1(A) NMSA 1978)
Every home school student is subject to the provisions of the Attendance for Success Act and is
required to attend home school for at least the length of time of the school year that is established
in the local school district, which is generally based on a 180 day school year. (Section 22-12-2
(B)NMSA 1978)
Students must attend school until the student is at least eighteen years of age, has graduated from
high school, OR has received a high school equivalency credential. (Section 22-12-2(A) NMSA
1978 and Section 6.10.8.8(A) NMAC)
Responsibilities of the Public Education Department (“department”):
The department must provide a home school registration form and post it on the department’s
website. (Section 22-1-2.1(A) NMSA 1978)
It is the responsibility of the department to enforce requirements for home schools and that upon
finding that a home school is not in compliance with law, the department may order that a student
attend a public school or a private school. (Section 22-2-2(H) NMSA 1978)
Upon receipt of verified information that a school age child whose parent(s)/guardian(s) have
previously filed a home school notification about that child with the department but that child has
failed or refused to participate in, or is no longer being offered, any home-study program of
instruction, the department may obtain a reasonable assurance from the parent(s) or guardian that
the child is actually engaged in a home-study program of instruction. (Section 6.10.8.11 NMAC)
Upon a determination that a home school student is repeatedly not (or no longer) engaged in a
home-study program of instruction, the department may order that the home school student attend
a public school, or at the election of his parent/guardian, a private school. (Sections 6.10.8.7(E)
and 6.10.8.11 NMAC)
Prior to pursing remedies that include ordering that a home school student attend a public school
or a private school, the department shall make a reasonable effort to accommodate the
parents’/guardians’ preference for maintaining their child in a home school. (Section 6.10.8.11
NMAC)
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Statutory and Administrative Code Citations:
NMSA §22-1-2. Definitions. (2015)
E.
"home school" means the operation by the parent of a school-age person of a home study program
of instruction that provides a basic academic educational program, including reading, language arts,
mathematics, social studies and science;
NMSA §22-1-2.1. Home school; requirements. (2014)
Any person operating or intending to operate a home school shall:
A.
submit a home school registration form made available by the department and posted on the
department's web site to notify the department within thirty days of the establishment of the home school
and to notify the department on or before August 1 of each subsequent year of operation of the home
school;
B.
maintain records of student disease immunization or a waiver of that requirement; and
C.
provide instruction by a person possessing at least a high school diploma or its equivalent.
NMSA §22-12-4. 22-12A-4. School attendance; responsibility; private school attendance policies.
(2019)
A. Except as otherwise provided in the Public School Code, a school-age person shall attend public
school, private school, home school or a state institution until the school-age person is at least eighteen
years of age unless that school-age person has graduated from high school, received a high school
equivalency credential or withdrawn from school on a hardship waiver. A parent may give written,
signed permission for the school-age person to leave school between the ages of sixteen and eighteen in
case of hardship approved by the local superintendent or private school.
B. A school-age person subject to the provisions of the Attendance for Success Act shall attend school
for at least the length of time of the school year that is established in that school-age person's school
district, charter school or private school. The school district or private school shall not excuse a school-
age person from attending school except as provided in that act.
C. The parent of a school-age person subject to the provisions of the Attendance for Success Act is
responsible for the school attendance of that school-age person.
D. Local school boards and private schools shall enforce the provisions of the Attendance for Success
Act for students enrolled in their respective schools.
E. A private school in this state shall have an attendance policy that as closely as practicable follows the
law for public schools. A school-age person attending a private school and the school-age person's parent
shall be given a copy of the private school's attendance policy each year.
6.10.8.11 NMAC HOME SCHOOLS:
Upon receipt of verified information that a school age child whose parent(s)/guardian(s) have previously
filed a home school notification about that child with the department but that child has failed or refused to
participate in, or is no longer being offered, any home-study program of instruction, the department may
obtain a reasonable assurance from the parent(s) or guardian that the child is actually engaged in a home-
study program of instruction. In addition to any other remedies permitted by the compulsory school
attendance law or the children’s code, upon a determination that a home school student is repeatedly not
(or no longer) engaged in a home-study program of instruction, the department may order that the home
school habitual truant attend a public school, or at the election of his parent/guardian, a private
school. Prior to pursuing these other remedies, the public education department shall make a reasonable
effort to accommodate the parents’/guardians’ preference for maintaining their child in a home school.
[6.10.8.11 NMAC - N, 12-30-04; A, 09-30-09]
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