The Education Department, State Office of Curriculum and Instruction, advises the public of the rules and regulations regarding home instruction according to Title 12 Virgin Islands Code, Chapter 9, Section 84 and the Virgin Islands Board of Education’s Home Education Policy, amended April 2, 2016. According to these documents:

Parents have the right to teach their children at home under the rules and regulations prescribed by the Board of Education.

Annually, a Notice of Intent must be filed with the department stating the parent’s intention to instruct his/her child at home. Written permission (through the Notice of Intent) must be granted by the Education commissioner for such children to remain out of school for this purpose.

Students receiving home instruction must receive a minimum of 1,080 hours of instruction each year.

Parents must maintain a portfolio of the student’s work for each year of home instruction.

Children receiving instruction at home may be examined by the Education commissioner or a representative.

For registration or more information, contact 340-778-1095, ext. 7091.