Homeschool Compliance

- Please use email for all submissions and communication (attach documents, scanned items or smart phone photos).
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Anything you submit by email will be acknowledged automatically and seen by our office while we work from home. 

EXEMPTION for 2019-20 Annual Assessment

April 6, 2020

  • Section 100.10(h) regarding annual assessment for students participating in a program of home instruction is amended to provide that an alternative form of evaluation, in lieu of an annual assessment, shall be permitted for all grades in the 2019-20 school year due to the State of Emergency declared by the Governor pursuant to an Executive Order for the COVID-19 crisis. The Board of Regents today adopted emergency regulations to ease the burdens and provide important flexibility for educators, students, professionals and others to address interruptions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional information regarding these emergency regulations is available on our website.

General Homeschooling Information
"I'm going to homeschool my child.
What should I do?" 

If you are taking responsibility for teaching your child(ren) at home, you will make all of the decisions about what to teach and how to teach so that you are meeting the home instruction regulations of NYS.  The district does not guide you. Please see links that go with this website.

1. Send a letter of intent (template) to or fax to 631-345-9284 or mail to 100 Longwood Road, Middle Island, NY 11953.
The letter will establish your child as a homeschooler for the entire school year from July 1 to June 30.

2. Be sure you have withdrawn your child from his/her last school. Parent/guardian must visit the school to do this

3. Start working on the IHIP (Individual Home Instruction Plan) that you will submit for 2019-20 (templates). 

4. The K-12 Home Instruction worksheet (templatewill provide other information required by NYS.  It will be used to start your child's homeschool file in our office. 

5.  You will receive a mailing after we receive your letter of intent. It may take ten business days.

Children who reside in Longwood Central School District but who are taught at home instead of a public, charter, parochial or private school, are considered to be home instructed by New York State.  Parents/guardians who elect to educate children at home are responsible for following the state regulations even if enrolling children in correspondence or online program. Students in our district who turn 17 between July 1 and June 30 are of compulsory attendance age during the entire school year.   

By July each year, a Letter of Intent should be sent to Dr. Michael R. Lonergan, Superintendent of Schools, to instruct your child(ren) at home.  Email, fax or mail it to this office which will receive all of your materials throughout the year.  

Email: Email is best for immediate delivery and you will receive an automated message acknowledging delivery.

Fax: 631-345-9284

Mail: Office of Social Studies, LOTE & ENL, 100 Longwood Road, Middle Island, NY 11733

Hand delivery of any materials will be to Visitors Center only. Leave sealed addressed envelope of materials with the school representative. 

All correspondence will be received, acknowledged, reviewed, and maintained by Dr. Tracy Poulton and Mrs. Olivia Hernandez Reyes.  This includes your annual Letter of Intent, annual Home Instruction Worksheet, annual Individualized Home Instruction Plan, quarterly reports, and year-end assessment results. 

We welcome your questions by telephone.  Please call us between 8:00 am-2:30 pm (or leave a message) at 631-345-9282. 

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