Remote Learning, Home Schooling, and Home Instruction

What is the difference?


Although each type of educational experience takes place in your home, Remote Learning, Home Schooling, and Home Instruction are distinct programs.

In response to COVID-19 closures, Remote Learning in NYC provides students with continuity of learning. It is for students enrolled in a public school program and is provided and funded by the NYC Department of Education (DOE). It is delivered online by teachers using the DOE curriculum. This fall, there is an option for blended learning, which is a combination of in-person and remote, or at home, instruction. As a parent, you have the right to move your child to 100% remote learning at any time. For children who have an IEP, a Remote Learning Plan outlines the instruction and special education services that will be provided during school closures.

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Home Schooling is independent, parent driven, and parent funded education. You are responsible to hire a teacher and/or teach your child yourself. You must submit various forms and reports throughout the year, most importantly the Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP). The deadline to submit a letter of intent to Home School is July 1, but it is possible the NYC DOE will be flexible as concerns about COVID continue.

Please note that upon registration to home school, the student will no longer participate in remote learning and will be discharged from the local district school. Until schools and offices reopen normally, the NYC Office of Home Schooling, may be reached through email, as no phone calls or postal mail is accepted at this time. The email contact information during COVID-19 can be found at the link provided here: https://on.nyc.gov/31XaY0o

Home Instruction is a temporary Department of Education service for a school-aged student who is unable to attend school due to an orthopedic, medical, or psychiatric condition.  Documentation from a doctor explaining the student’s condition (which is expected to last 30 days or more) and how it impacts the student’s ability to attend school is submitted to the school where the child is registered. If Home Instruction is authorized, a teacher will work directly or remotely with the student until the student is able to return to school. For more information, visit: https://bit.ly/3lNdDBM 

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