In Virginia, a child must attend school in compliance with the state compulsory attendance law. This means they must begin attending school when the child has reached their fifth birthday on or before Sept. 30 and has not passed their eighteenth birthday.
Home instruction (also referred to as homeschooling) is one alternative to school attendance.
Parents may provide home instruction following requirements in the Code of Virginia.
Read the Virginia Department of Education’s Home Instruction Handbook and the Chesterfield County Public Schools Home Instruction Guidelines for more details about guidelines and requirements. A CCPS home instruction specialist is available to help with the necessary steps to legally provide home instruction.