APS Requirements

Requirement for Notification

In accordance with Section 22.1-254.1 of the Code of Virginia, the parent who elects to provide home instruction for a school age child in lieu of school attendance must notify the Superintendent (c/o Liaison for Home Instruction) annually no later than August 15 of his/her intent to do so. The parent must also include a description of the curriculum to be followed for the coming year and evidence of having met one of the qualifications prescribed in paragraph II below.

Procedures for Making Notification

The person who meets one of the qualifications described in paragraph II above and who elects to provide home instruction during any school year in lieu of school attendance shall notify the Superintendent (c/o Liaison for Home Instruction) no later than August 15 by forwarding a notice of intent linked here and below, a description of the curriculum, and all required supporting documents to:  Ms. Mary Beth Pelosky, Home Instruction Liaison, Arlington Public Schools, Department of Instruction, Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Boulevard Arlington, VA 22204 703-228-8006. Parents/ Guardians wishing to submit supporting documents related to Home Instruction can use the following link to access a secure portal. https://apsva.egnyte.com/ul/whnuroRUfy. The Superintendent (c/o Liaison for Home Instruction) shall review the information submitted by the parent and inform the parent by letter whether or not the notification complies with Section 22.1-254.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Right to Appeal

A parent aggrieved by a decision of the Superintendent regarding home instruction has a right to appeal within 30 days of the date of the decision to an independent hearing officer appointed from a list maintained by the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia. This appeal should be addressed to:Superintendent, Arlington Public Schools 1426 North Quincy Street Arlington, Virginia 22207 Attention: Assistant Superintendent, Department of InstructionThe Arlington Public Schools prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy or marital status. This policy provides equal access to courses and programs, counseling services, physical education and athletics, vocational education, instructional materials, and extracurricular activities. Violations of this policy should be reported to the Director of Administrative Services at (703) 228-6008 or the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel at (703) 228-6110. School age children suspected of having an educational disability can be evaluated by Arlington Public Schools at no expense to the family. If you suspect your child may have a disability, you can refer him/her to a Student Study Committee by contacting the Office of Special Education at (703) 228-6040.