Home Instruction

In accordance with Section 22.1-254.1 of the Code of Virginia, any parent may elect to provide home instruction for his or her school-age child in lieu of school attendance.


For this purpose the Code of Virginia defines parent as a biological parent, adoptive parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of a child.


1. The parent or guardian holds a high school diploma.
2. The parent or guardian is a teacher of qualifications prescribed by the Virginia Board of Education.
3. The parent or guardian provides a program of study or curriculum, which may be delivered through a correspondence course or distance learning program or in any other manner.
4. The parent or guardian provides evidence that he or she is able to provide an adequate education for the child.


Documents (All):
1. Notification by parent or guardian of intent to provide home instruction. Click here for a form that may be used for this purpose.
2. Evidence of meeting one of the four qualifications described above.
3. Description of curriculum limited to a list of subjects to be studied during the coming year.
4. Upon request by the Division Superintendent evidence of immunizations, medical contraindication certified by a licensed physician, or affidavit attesting that the administration of immunizing agents conflicts with religious tenets or practices.

1. By August 15 prior to the school year in which the child will receive home instruction.
2. A parent or guardian who moves into Fairfax County or who begins home instruction after the school year has begun shall provide notification as soon as practicable and comply with all notification requirements within thirty days.

Parents or guardians should send their notice of intent and supporting documents by email, fax, or mail by August 15 to:
Email: HomeInstruction@FCPS.edu
Fax: 571-423-4317
Mailing Address:
Home Instruction
Fairfax County School Administration Center
8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042

The information submitted is reviewed and a letter is sent to the parent or guardian indicating whether or not the notification documents comply with Section 22.1-254.1 of the Code of Virginia.

**Please consider sending your notice of intent for the upcoming school year when you send your evidence of progress.



Lori Hershey, Specialist

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June 3, 2013