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Post-Earthquake Schooling Options

9 April 2011

New Link on earthquake affected families, Truancy and applying for an exemption:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/earthquake-affected-families-and-truancy/

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  • Some schools in both Islands can accommodate those extra students who can shift to another city.
  • The Ministry of Education (MoE) will not consider any Christchurch students to be truant for the time being. All truancy operations are frozen.
  • The MoE, some commercial curriculum providers and the Internet all provide massive amounts of educational resources and activities free of charge.
  • If you are unable to find a suitable school, you are presently free to do schooling at home with no fear of truancy proceedings.

 

Many families just want to stick together, be close to one another and support each other at this time.  And the MoE agrees. So keep your children at home, read to them heaps and play board games and reconnect as a family together.

 

Options for parents are varied if they choose to keep their children at home:

  1. Correspondence School have put up their resources on their website just for you: http://www.correspondence.school.nz/subjects-and-courses/te-kura-resources
  2. There is a huge amount of free educational resources and activities on the web site of the Home Education Foundation: http://hef.org.nz/2011/free-stuff-on-the-web-for-home-schooling/
  3. There are many other helpful websites for those wanting to teach their children at home: http://hef.org.nz/2011/helpful-websites-for-those-wanting-to-teach-their-children-at-home/
  4. CurrClick.com have organised with a number of curriculum suppliers to supply curriculum to home schoolers affected by the earthquake. Please contact Darnia at: reardons@vodafone.co.nz or ph. (03) 329-4667. Darnia, too, has been affected by the earthquake, so please be patient.
  5. “LightHome” would like to donate free home school e-books to any New Zealand home schooling families who have lost their home and/or belongings in the earthquake. If you are one of those, please send us a message on Facebook and explain your situation. Or send us an e-mail to: LightHomepublications@gmail.com.

So just begin teaching your children at home and enjoy yourselves! If you decide later that you would like to continue home schooling once all the schools are open again, then you will need to file an Exemption Application with the MoE for each child. There are many folks who will help you with that. Normally children have to be attending a school while the MoE processes your Exemption Application, but we are talking with the MoE to see if all those affected by the earthquake can continue home schooling while they apply for their exemption. We will let you know more about this later.

 

A workshop about schooling at home is planned for Christchurch on April 7, to discuss more about the option and to help with filling out the Exemption Applications. For more about the workshop or any aspect of home schooling, contact Craig and Barbara Smith of the Home Education Foundation, ph. (06) 357-4399, barbara@hef.org.nz (email us your phone number and we will ring you back as soon as possible) or www.hef.org.nz.

The Canterbury Home Educators details are:  CHEInc@free.net.nz or www.che.org.nz. Please remember that many of them are still dealing with issues from this earthquake. So please be patient if you don’t hear from them straight away. If you want voice contact with someone, please contact Craig or Barbara with your initial questions.

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15 March 2011

Truancy is still frozen for Earthquake affected people. This is whether your old school has reopened or not. If your old school has reopened and you want to keep your children at home then please continue to keep them at home. Your children will not be considered truant.

We will advise when truancy is again back in force. At that time you will either have to send your children to a school, or go on Correspondence School or get an exemption to home school your children. At the moment the law says you have to have your child in school while you go through the process of getting an exemption. We are in the process, at the moment, with the MoE to see if they will lift this requirement for earthquake affected children.

We will add more information here as it comes to hand.

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9 April 2011

New Link on earthquake affected families, Truancy and applying for an exemption:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/earthquake-affected-families-and-truancy/

 

Update

Truancy is now back. So you will need to either have your children in school, on correspondence school or get and exemption to home educate your children. Unfortunately we were not able to organise it so that you could apply for an exemption while you keep your children at home. The law says that your children must be in school between the ages of 6 and 16 while you apply for your exemption. There are some exceptions so please ring us to see if you qualify for these.  Phone  06 357-4399 or 0800 100 692

For exemption and home schooling advise:

Contact

Canterbury Home Educators

CHEInc@free.net.nz

(03) 322 4824

http://www.che.org.nz

or

Home Education Foundation

craig@hef.org.nz

(06) 357-4399

http://www.hef.org.nz

 

For a booklet on the Exemption process

http://hef.org.nz/2011/applying-for-an-exemption-to-educate-at-home/

Applying for an Exemption to Educate at Home

Hot off the press

$5.00

 

To order do one of the following:

send email to sales@hef.org.nz with visa number

post cheque or visa number to PO Box 9064, Palmerston North

fax: 06 357-4389

phone: 06 357-4399

Free Call 0800 100 692

Trademe (fees added):  http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Listings.aspx?member=2366144

Sella (No added fees):  http://www.sella.co.nz/store/4ym9qg/home-education-foundation/display-100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. I was checking out the websites of homeschooling associations in the US when I came across yours. The pictures of the recent earthquake continue to appear on TV here in SouthWestern Pennsylvania, USA. Our prayers are with you.

  2. Barbara says:

    Dr Kofmehl, thank you for your prayers. New Zealand is such a small Country that everyone has either family or friends affected by the earthquake. The death toll continues to rise. It is at 163 today and expected to get to 220-240. It would seem that no home schoolers lost their lives in the earthquake. Many have been badly affected though.

  3. Barbara says:

    Truancy is now back. So you will need to either have your children in school, on correspondence school or get and exemption to home educate your children. Unfortunately we were not able to organise it so that you could apply for an exemption while you keep your children at home. The law says that your children must be in school between the ages of 6 and 16 while you apply for your exemption. There are some exceptions so please ring us to see if you qualify for these. Phone 06 357-4399 or 0800 100 692

    For exemption and home schooling advise:

    Contact

    Canterbury Home Educators

    CHEInc@free.net.nz

    (03) 322 4824

    http://www.che.org.nz

    or

    Home Education Foundation

    craig@hef.org.nz

    (06) 357-4399

    http://www.hef.org.nz

    For a booklet on the Exemption process

    http://hef.org.nz/2011/applying-for-an-exemption-to-educate-at-home/
    Applying for an Exemption to Educate at Home

    Hot off the press
    $5.00

    To order do one of the following:

    send email to sales@hef.org.nz with visa number

    post cheque or visa number to PO Box 9064, Palmerston North

    fax: 06 357-4389

    phone: 06 357-4399

    Free Call 0800 100 692

    Trademe (fees added): http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Listings.aspx?member=2366144

    Sella (No added fees): http://www.sella.co.nz/store/4ym9qg/home-education-foundation/display-100

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