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Old 10-23-2007, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Missouri (ick)
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Can anyone give me a little info on homeschooling and/or immunization laws in Florida? I've looked them up online, but found conflicting information. If anyone homeschools in FL, I would appreciate the information (Do you have to keep records and get tests every year?). Also, I don't immunize my kids right now and am currently using a religious exemption/waiver here in Missouri, but not all states have that. Are there any exemptions in FL other than medical? Ours is just personal preference, not medically related. Thanks!!
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Old 10-23-2007, 01:12 PM
 
Location: ~Palm Coast, Florida~
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Hi Sadie85, I am a homeschooling mom here in Florida. I live in Flagler county.
Here is a link for the laws in this state.
HSLDA | Home School Laws

This explains your 2 options.
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Old 10-23-2007, 01:15 PM
 
Location: ~Palm Coast, Florida~
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Forgot to add, here you do need to keep a portfolio for each child, and I am not sure about testing. I know there are more homeschooling parents here that will be able to help on that one. We have been for only about 4 months now.

I am not sure about the immunizations either.
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Old 10-23-2007, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Missouri (ick)
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Thanks for the info, I appreciate it. Here in Missouri, we don't have to keep any records or do any tests.. so it's just going to be a BIG change when we move. Luckily, we've only been doing homeschooling with my oldest for a few months. So it won't be too great of a routine to break. Thanks again, I appreciate it.
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Old 10-23-2007, 03:39 PM
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Location: Midwest City, Oklahoma
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I am a homeschooled high schooler here in FL. oceandreams94 gave the best link. But make sure you know the law before you talk to a school choice officer. Yours may be perfectly fine, but ours (Escambia County) always gives out false info and we have had to contact the HSLDA several times to correct her

Where are you moving to in FLorida if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 10-23-2007, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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Default Free shots for baby's in Dade County

COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECT - FREE IMMUNIZATIONS FOR BABY ... Miami, Florida 33l43.
Telephone: (305) 663-2068 Mon - Fri. 8 am – 4 pm ...
http://www.dadehealth.org/downloads/...ics%202006.doc
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Old 10-23-2007, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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Lightbulb From the Florida Bureau of Immunization

Frequently Asked Questions

Bureau of Immunization (http://www.doh.state.fl.us/disease_ctrl/immune/qi_clinical/faq.htm - broken link)

School Health Services Program
Parent Information for School Entry
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Old 10-23-2007, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Missouri (ick)
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Thanks, but I'm not immunizing my kids..

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COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECT - FREE IMMUNIZATIONS FOR BABY ... Miami, Florida 33l43.
Telephone: (305) 663-2068 Mon - Fri. 8 am – 4 pm ...
www.dadehealth.org/downloads/immunization%20clinics%202006.doc
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Old 10-23-2007, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Missouri (ick)
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I'm not sure. I am starting to think TX would be a better option; their homeschool and immunization laws are awesome. So, we'll see. Either way I just need to be able to afford it - I'm a single mom.

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Where are you moving to in FLorida if you don't mind me asking?
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Old 10-23-2007, 06:03 PM
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Location: Midwest City, Oklahoma
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I'm not sure. I am starting to think TX would be a better option; their homeschool and immunization laws are awesome. So, we'll see. Either way I just need to be able to afford it - I'm a single mom.
Yeah, I've lived in Texas as a homeschooler as well, and I enjoyed it much more than Florida. Their homeschool laws are really good and most of the major cities have excelent homeschool programs. For instance, we lived in San Antonio, and I happen to be an athelte. There is a very large group called FEAST (Family Educators Alliance of SouthTexas), and they have very competitive basketball, cross country, track, football, soccer, etc.... from 6th. grade up through high school. They also offer tons of other activities for homeschoolers. I know there are less extravagant programs in Ft. Worth, Dallas, Houston, and I'm sure most of the other large cities have programs as well. Anyway, good luck!

Here is the link for FEAST, FEAST - Home Page
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