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Home schooling for children with disabilities: you must return your copy – Faire Face

Parents who want to teach at home in the 2022/2023 school year must apply for permission by May 31. After that, it will be too late to get a basic agreement from National Education.

And a new administrative approach! Another one for parents of disabled children who have decided – often forced – to provide schooling at home. Until now, education in the family was the right of all children, with or without disabilities. So it was enough to send an information letter to its town hall and academic management. It is necessary to obtain from the beginning of the academic year 2022 “permission” National Education for Family Education (IEF).

Disability, reason for authorization

“Medical condition or disability of the child” is one of the four reasons for approval specified by the law of August 2021. Fortunately, because for many parents of children with disabilities, home education has become necessary after the failure of schooling.

However, they must fill in the Cerfa form and attach several documents: proof of identity of the child and the person responsible for him; proof of address; and decisions of the Commission on the Rights and Autonomy of Persons with Disabilities (CDAPH) regarding school careers (see box below) or, if a decision has not yet been issued, the medical certificate you provided to MDPH in your application.

Authorization for three years

The Academic Director of the National Education Services (Dasen) then sends the medical certificate in a sealed envelope to the school doctor. It is up to him to comment on the request. Dasen must report its response within two months. After this period, his silence is worthy of acceptance. The permit can be granted for a maximum period of three school years, which can be extended as needed.

Full authorization for children already at home

“I don’t expect there to be many rejection problems in the next few years. predicts Marion Aubry, vice president of the Toupi association. Many families have statutory permission until 2024 if their child has already been in the IEF. »

Parents who have already provided home education in 2021/2022 benefit from automatic permission for 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 when the results of their last education review are deemed satisfactory. They do not need to submit a CDAPH decision or a medical certificate. They simply have to fill out a specific Cerfa form.

A significant step for Cned

In addition, the authorization granted by Dasen for the education of a disabled child in the family is now worth an approval opinion for registration with the National Center for Distance Education (Cned). “For full class courses with regulated Cned registration you must now apply for a Family Tuition Permit”adds Marion Aubry.

Limited exemption during the school year

In any case, for 2022-2023, families must apply to Dasen by May 31. Then it will be too late. In its opinion on the draft decree, the National Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities expressed regret at this lack of flexibility. “We know that the situation of children with disabilities may require changes during the year”he noted.

However, it will still be possible to apply for a special permit during the school year if “reasons related to the child’s health condition or disability (…) appeared only after the application submission schedule », says the ministry. Or if “the child’s physical or moral integrity is at risk”. This can be the case with bullying or school phobia. What about administrative phobia?

What CDAPH decision?

The wording can be confusing. Yes, the decision of the Commission for the Rights and Autonomy of Persons with Disabilities (CDAPH) about the school career of the child must be attached to the application for a home education permit. But no, this is not a homeschooling decision. This is not the responsibility of CDAPH. Any notification (referral to mainstream school, Ulis, IME etc.) will simply serve to confirm that the child is indeed recognized as disabled. And that the disability reason for the request for family education is therefore justified.

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