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Alternative Instruction Notification

During the 2021 legislative session, SB 177 revised the provisions of parental choice regarding compulsory school attendance. On July 1, 2021 the revised law went into effect.

Parents/guardians who choose to provide alternative instruction pursuant to SDCL 13-27-3 are required to file an Alternative Instruction Notification. The notification must be submitted on a form provided by the Department of Education.

For individuals who choose, a paper copy (pdf) (word doc) of the notification may be downloaded and submitted per the instructions on the form.

For questions regarding Alternative Instruction/Home Schooling, contact Carol Uecker at (605) 773-4771.

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An FAQ document, addressing common questions regarding the new legislation and requirements.



Parent/Guardian Responsibilities/Information

  1. Parents/Guardians shall cause the child to regularly attend school, either public, nonpublic, or alternative instruction as set forth in 13-27-1, until the child reaches the age of eighteen years.
  2. Parent/Guardian/Alternative Instructor may not instruct more than 22 students (13-27-3)
  3. Parent/Guardian/Alternative Instructor is not required to be state certified (13-27-3)
  4. An updated notification indicating a change in status for a child must be submitted within 30 days of any of the following:
    • The child is moving to or open enrolling in another district but will still be home schooling.
    • The child has decided to participate in dual credit and it was not previously indicated.
    • The child will no longer be home schooling.

School District Responsibilities/Information

  1. Access the DOE Alternative Instruction Notification system regularly to review notifications relevant to their district.
  2. Loan textbooks without charge to all persons ages five to nineteen (SDCL 13-34-23)
  3. If districts are notified by the parent/guardian of a change in a child's status, the district should instruct the parent/guardian to update their notification in the DOE Alternative Instruction Notification system within 30 days. A change in status would include:
    • The child is moving to or open enrolling in another district but will still be home schooling.
    • The child has decided to participate in dual credit and it was not previously indicated in the DOE Alternative Instruction Notification system.
    • The child will no longer be home schooling.

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