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Wyoming Homeschooling Laws

Wyoming homeschooling laws and requirements

Wyoming homeschooling laws and requirements to homeschool in Wyoming. Wyoming homeschooling laws. Ways to homeschool legally within Wyoming.

*This is not intended to be legal advice and is distributed for information purposes only. Check for updates at the Wyoming Department of Education website for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Home Schools.

Compulsory attendance – 6 (by September 15) to 16 years of age or completion of 10th grade. Younger or older than this, you do not need to pay attention to the Wyoming homeschooling laws.

2015 Wyoming Education Code: Sections of the Wyoming Homeschooling Laws Relevant to Homeschool Families

Title 21 Chapter 4

  • 21-4-101.  Definitions.
  • 21-4-102.  When attendance required; exemptions.
  • 21-4-402.  Instruction for hospitalized or homebound pupils.
  • 21-4-506.  Participation in activities by students not enrolled in the district; limitation on fees.

Wyoming Homeschooling Laws

TITLE 21 – EDUCATION
CHAPTER 4 – PUPILS
ARTICLE 1 – COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE

21-4-101.  Definitions.

(a)  For the purposes of this article:

(v) A home-based educational program means a program of educational instruction provided to a child by the child’s parent or legal guardian or by a person designated by the parent or legal guardian. An instructional program provided to more than one (1) family unit does not constitute a home-based educational program;

(vi) “Basic academic educational program” is one that provides a sequentially progressive curriculum of fundamental instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, civics, history, literature and science. These curriculum requirements do not require any private school or home-based educational program to include in its curriculum any concept, topic or practice in conflict with its religious doctrines or to exclude from its curriculum any concept, topic or practice consistent with its religious doctrines.

21-4-102.  When attendance required; exemptions; withdrawal.

(a) Every parent, guardian or other person having control or charge of any child who is a resident of this state and whose seventh birthday falls on or before September 15 of any year and who has not yet attained his sixteenth birthday or completed the tenth grade shall be required to send such child to, and such child shall be required to attend, a public or private school each year, during the entire time that the public schools shall be in session in the district in which the pupil resides; provided, that the board of trustees of each school district may exempt any child from the operation of this article when:

(i) The board believes that compulsory attendance in school would be detrimental to the mental or physical health of such child or the other children in the school; provided, the board may designate at the expense of the district a medical doctor of its choice to guide it and support it in its decision;

(ii) The board feels that compulsory school attendance might work undue hardship. The board may conduct a hearing on issues pursuant to this paragraph by executive session; or

(iii) The child has been legally excluded from the regular schools pursuant to the provisions of W.S. 21-4-306.

(b) A home-based educational program shall meet the requirements of a basic academic educational program pursuant to W.S. 21-4-101(a)(vi). It shall be the responsibility of every person administering a home-based educational program to submit a curriculum to the local board of trustees each year showing that the program complies with the requirements of this subsection. Failure to submit a curriculum showing compliance is prima facie evidence that the home-based educational program does not meet the requirements of this article.

(c) In addition to subsection (a) of this section, the parent, guardian or other person having control or charge of any child under the age of eighteen (18), who has not otherwise notified the district of enrolling that child in a different school district or in a private school or home-based educational program, shall meet in person with a school district counselor or administrator to provide the school district with written consent to the withdrawal of that child from school attendance. The written consent to withdrawal shall include a separate provision authorizing the release of the student’s identity and address to the Wyoming national guard youth challenge program, as established by W.S. 19-9-701, for the sole purpose of recruitment into the Wyoming national guard youth challenge program.

TITLE 21 – EDUCATION
CHAPTER 4 – PUPILS
ARTICLE 4 – ISOLATION

21-4-402.  Instruction for hospitalized or homebound pupils.

(a) The board of trustees of each school district shall offer homebound instruction for each pupil in the district who is hospitalized or homebound for more than one (1) week because of injury or illness.

(b) The board shall also offer homebound instruction for each pupil in the district who is hospitalized or placed in a state accredited or state certified treatment facility for more than one (1) week in a hospital or facility located in another Wyoming school district because of injury or illness. The board shall either provide instruction directly or contract with the school district in which the pupil is hospitalized or placed in a facility to provide this instruction. This subsection does not apply to pupils who are hospitalized or placed due to a mental, physical or psychological handicap and who are receiving educational services under W.S. 21-2-501.

TITLE 21 – EDUCATION
CHAPTER 4 – PUPILS
ARTICLE 5 – TUITION

21-4-506.  Participation in activities by students not enrolled in the district; limitation on fees.

(a) Any school age child who is a resident of a school district, who is not under suspension or expulsion by a Wyoming school district and who is not enrolled as a full-time student in the district in which he resides, shall be permitted by the district to participate in any activities which are sanctioned by the Wyoming high school activities association and which are offered by the district subject to the following:

(i) The district may require the student to pay any fees for participation which are required by the Wyoming high school activities association;

(ii) The district may charge that student an additional fee for participating, but that fee shall be no more than any fee for participating charged to full-time students of the district. The district shall not require that student to pay tuition or to pay any other fees or charges as a condition of participation;

(iii) As a condition of participation, the student shall be required to comply with all other rules and policies of the district or any school activities association applicable to all students participating in the activity and not related to the assessment of fees or charges.

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