So you’ve made the decision not to send your child back to school this year. What does that mean? There are your options.
1. You’ll need to register with the department of education (unless your child is continuing to learn online using the platforms provided by their school)
2. You’ll need to support your child’s online learning
Reasons for home-schooling and your options
1. Your child has a medical condition, including co-morbidities;
2. Your child is anxious or fearful of the Covid-19 coronavirus;
3. You are concerned about risk to family members that live with you, who are over the age of 60 or have co-morbidities;
4. You would prefer to have your child continue learning through the online or virtual platforms provided by an independent institution (not your child’s school);
5. Your child prefers to learn through the online or virtual platforms provided by their school; or
6. You want to apply for home-schooling and de-registration from your child’s current school.
Exemption: Reasons 1-4
If your reason for wanting to keep your child at home is one of the first four reasons listed above, you’ll need to apply for a full or partial exemption. To do this, you’ll need to ask your child’s school to apply to the head of department. What does this entail?
- There will be a few forms that you’ll need to fill in
- The head of department will arrange that your child’s school continues providing you with learning materials
- You’ll need to ensure that you receive these, and that your child puts in the work and submits any assignments on time
Online Learning: Reason 5
If you have decided not to send your child back to school for reason five, you don’t need to do anything! You don’t need to apply for an exemption, and your child can continue to learn online if their school provides this option. You will be responsible for ensuring that your child puts in the work and submits any assignments in time.
What are your responsibilities?
- Creating a conducive environment for my child to learn at home;
- Accepting the responsibility to oversee the daily learning of my child at home, including the daily work and assessments;
- Accepting the responsibility of ensuring that my child is informed of what work must be learned and what work must be completed on a daily basis; and
- Ensuring that all work and assignments are collected and delivered at school, as required and agreed to by the school.
Home-schooling: Reason 6
If you have decided not to send your child back to school for reason (6), you’ll need to register your child with a home-school organization by applying electronically here
You will need to provide:
- A weekly timetable indicating contact (class) time per day: at least three hours per day of “class” time
- A breakdown of terms per year (196 school days per year): we suggest following the public school calendar
- A learning programme: a statement of what you’re going to teach, when. Home-school providers such as Brainline will also be able to provide you with this, if you sign up with them
The last step after your application is a home visit with an official to verify your information, provide guidance and complete the final forms.
• Tessa Cooper is project coordinator, digital marketing manager & recruitment manager at BrightSparkz. You can read more here: https://brightsparkz.co.za/