May 16, 2022

Home Educators and the New Vaccine Mandates

Unfortunately there are a few rumours going around about home schoolers/educators such as:

1. The MoE will not be processing any new exemptions soon. This is untrue.

2. That where there are children 5-12 being home schooled/educated anyone over 12 living in that home must be vaxed. This is untrue.

Cynthia Hancox has updated the page she wrote on this earlier. Please check the link out to read the update 16 January 2021.

Cynthia has updated her earlier article and added some more detail. http://www.cynthiahancox.com/information/home-educators-the-new-vaccine-mandates

Update 16th January 2022:

The above remains correct and current. There are NO mandates for homeschoolers to be vaccinated. The roll out of vaccines for 5-11yos has no effect on this. There have been no new health orders passed that affect homeschoolers (home educators) in this regard. There is nothing on the Ministry’s website to suggest otherwise. If you hear differently, it is just another one of the rumours flying around. Please disregard and don’t spread it. If, however, at any time you come across something on a government website you think puts a different light on things, please contact me with the link. I will check into it and update this page if necessary (as well as let you know what I find).

Read the this link to read the rest of the update link to get the rest of her update.

If you hear anything of concern please don’t talk about it but contact Cynthia with whatever link you have and she will check it out and get back to you and update this page accordingly.

Considerations when hiring help (and other thoughts for new home educators)

Cynthia Hancox has written a great article for new home educators especially as they consider who to help them with the exemption process and possible tutoring of their children.

As more and more teachers are loosing their jobs this is a great article for teachers to read to understand home educators before they offer their services to home educators.

 

NZ’s COVID situation and response has led to a big rise in interest in homeschooling, as well as to a rise in teachers and others who are offering to help in various ways in this space. Before you spend money hiring someone to help you with your exemption, to help you plan your programme, or to teach your children, there are some things you need to think about. This is quite a long read, so here’s the “in a nutshell” bullet points:
*When you get an exemption, you are taking complete responsibility for your child’s education and what it will include.
*There’s no one right way to homeschool; you can choose what works for your family.
*You can get help with your exemption in various ways, but if paying for help, there are some things to consider first, especially how experienced the person is with homeschooling & exemptions.
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*You can choose to hire tutors/teachers for certain aspects of your child’s programme if you wish, but must remain in control of how and what they are being taught.
*If you do want to hire teachers etc, there are some things to think about first
*People come and go from homeschooling for different reasons and over different periods of time. We welcome you while you’re here, but ask you to be mindful of how what you do and say reflects upon the entire community.

Let’s explore these points and more further…..

Read Cynthia’s article here:

http://www.cynthiahancox.com/information/considerations-when-hiring-help

 

A Big Fat Rumour: Homeschooling Applications Closing

A Big Fat Rumour: Homeschooling applications closing

An article from Cynthia Hancox:

There is a rumour circulating on social media. The wording varies a wee bit depending who is passing it on, but basically it goes something like this:

“Homeschooling applications being closed for 2 years from the end of October. This is to enable them to jab your child..” Apparently told to someone’s neighbour by the homeschooling team. (Chinese whispers anyone?)

This is complete nonsense! 

Read more in link below:

http://www.cynthiahancox.com/information/a-big-fat-rumour-homeschooling-applications-closing

Post-Pandemic Future of Home Education

7 week online conference on post-pandemic future of home education sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School Taubman Centre for State and Local Government.

More information here: https://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/taubman/programs-research/pepg/events/future-homeschooling

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