If you are reasonably certain that you plan to homeschool, either now or when your child turns 7, then there is no interaction with your school district necessary at this time. If you have not visited our Christian Homeschooling 101 page, we recommend that you do so now, taking time to read through the suggested steps and prayerfully consider your methods, materials, and goals–then get started!
If your child is 5 or 6 and you are not certain whether you want to homeschool, but you do not want to enroll them in public school just yet, or if you have already had some interaction with the school and you feel you may get pressure from them to enroll your child, you may want to consider the “Opt Out” provision included in CT General Statute 10-184, excerpted below:
“…The parent or person having control of a child five years of age shall have the option of not sending the child to school until the child is six years of age and the parent or person having control of a child six years of age shall have the option of not sending the child to school until the child is seven years of age. The parent or person shall exercise such option by personally appearing at the school district office and signing an option form. The school district shall provide the parent or person with information on the educational opportunities available in the school system.”
By exercising this option you are simply saying that you are not planning to enroll your child in school yet. You are NOT indicating whether or not you will be providing any instruction. Therefore, at the end of the school year, you are not obligated to show that you provided instruction. If you go to the school district office to exercise the “opt out” option, make sure they provide you with an Opt Out form, not a Notice of Intent form.