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Guidelines for Home Instruction in Virginia

Please mail your completed Intent to Provide Home Instruction form to:

Hampton City Schools
School Social Work Services
One Franklin Street, Hampton VA 23669-3570

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Home Instruction Requirements

The Virginia Code provides for exemptions from compulsory attendance requirements for those children who are to be instructed at home.

Hampton City Schools Home School Policy

PLEASE READ THE ABOVE DOCUMENTS COMPLETELY prior to turning in your application. You must provide an Intent to Home School packet every year you plan to home school.

Home Instruction Frequently Asked Questions

Notice to Parents

Annual Notice of Intent to Home Instruct

A parent who elects home instruction must notify the school division no later than August 15 of the intent to do so for the coming school year, provide a description of the curriculum to be followed for the coming year and provide evidence of having met one of the criteria described in § 22.1-254.1.A for providing home instruction. Test results for the previous year are due by August 1.

Parents who move into the school division or begin home instruction after the school year has begun must notify the division of their intent to provide home instruction as soon as practicable and comply with the provisions of the statute within 30 days of such notice. (§ 22.1-254.1.B) This means that after providing the school division with a notice of intent, the latter parents can begin home schooling and they will have 30 days to submit the other required information to the school division.

Enrollment of Home Instructed Students in Hampton City Schools

Students provided home instruction, may be allowed to enroll in the Hampton City Schools for participation in curricular activities on a part-time or single course basis in any mathematics, science, English, history, social science, vocational education, fine arts, foreign language, health education or physical education course. The ADM calculation shall be 0.25 per course up to a maximum of 0.50, or two (2) courses per student. Enrollment will be on a space available basis.

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HCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or other protected classes in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Robbin G. Ruth, Executive Director, Human Resources, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-2000. 

1.     PURPOSE

Hampton City Schools (HCS) is committed to making its website accessible for all, including individuals with disabilities, and strives to ensure accessibility currently and as new technologies emerge.  The division welcomes questions and feedback on the site’s accessibility at each development phase.  By clicking on “Contact” at the upper right of the main webpage, all users are able to “Help Resolve a Concern,” “Share a Story,” “Provide Feedback,” and “Ask a Question.”  Additionally, the Contact Us page provides direct email access to HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper,


HCS’s computer systems and networks include all of the computer hardware, operating system software, application software, stored text, data files, electronic mail (email), local databases, externally accessed databases, CD-ROM, optical media, clip art, digital images, digitized information, communications technologies, and new available technologies. 


The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.

Web visitors using assistive technology who may have trouble accessing information on the website may contact the HCS Webmaster,, the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing,, and/or the Director of Graphics,

When submitting a question or concern via email, “accessibility” should be included in the subject line.  Every reasonable attempt will be made to address the user’s concern within twenty-four hours.  To assist HCS in responding appropriately, all inquiries should include the following information:

·      A description of the accessibility concern or question;

·      The webpage address of the requested material;

·      The format in which the user prefers to receive the material;

·      The user’s contact information, including preferred method of contact.

Some documents on the website are in a portable document format (PDF).  The Adobe website provides a free service to convert Acrobat PDF files to other formats, including text and HTML.  Adobe’s web-based tool will quickly change an Acrobat file into an HTML file or textile.  The online PDF conversion form is available on the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat.  With this tool, users can read PDF files with a screen reader.  Adobe and the Trace Research Center also offer a free Acrobat conversion service that converts PDF files to text or HTML format by sending a user’s request via email.  All individuals with internet service can access the online conversion tool for using Adobe Acrobat PDF website.


HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.


HCS’s website and computer systems and networks are provided on an “as, as available” basis.  HCS makes no warranties, expressed or implied, without limitation, regarding the fitness for a particular purpose regarding any service provided by the system and any information contained or software used therein.  The division uses hardware and software provided by third-party technology vendors.  Therefore, the division does not warrant that the functions or services performed by, or that the information or software on the system, will meet the user’s requirements.