In Virginia, parents must ensure that a child attends school in compliance with the state compulsory attendance law as specified in 22.1-254 of the Code of Virginia when the child has reached their 5th birthday on or before September 30 of any school year and has not passed their 18th birthday. Parents who believe that a child is not mentally, physically, or emotionally prepared to attend school may inform the school board that they want to delay school attendance until the following year if the child has not reached their 6th birthday on or before September 30.
Home Instruction or home schooling is one alternative to school attendance. In Virginia “any parent, guardian, legal custodian, or other person having control or charge of a child” (22.1-1 of the Code of Virginia) may provide home instruction as prescribed by 22.1-254.1 of the Code of Virginia.
For more information or if you need assistance with home instruction please contact our Director of Student Services at 946-4600 Ext. 31.