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You can learn about temporary home instruction for a student unable to attend school.

You can also learn about the requirements for home schooling.

Home Instruction vs. Home Schooling

Home Instruction is when a New York City public school student needs instruction while temporarily confined to his or her home due to a medical, orthopedic or serious emotional condition.

Home Schooling is when a parent chooses to educate a child at home. A parent or guardian may begin home schooling at any time.

The Department of Education (DOE) allows Home Instruction for students in need of instructional services while they are confined to their homes because of a medical, orthopedic, or serious emotional condition. Home Instruction must be approved by DOE. 

  • Students in Grades K to 6 receive a minimum of 5 hours of home instruction per week. 
  • Students in Grades 7 to 12 receive a minimum of 10 hours per week. 

The home instruction curriculum follows the student's most recent program, with changes as needed. The goal is to allow temporarily homebound students to continue their educational progress.

Contact the supervisor at your Borough Office of Home Instruction for questions about policies, practices, and procedures.

Learn more about Home Instruction.

Call 311 for assistance by phone.

You can get information about the process required to educate a child at home.

The Department of Education does not provide instructors or instructional material to parents who choose to home school their children. Parents are solely responsible for providing instruction and materials. 

Students who receive home schooling do not accumulate credits and will not be granted a diploma.

Learn more about Home Schooling.

Call 311 for assistance by phone.