School Enrollment Records Day (the third Friday in September) has passed and the deadline for filing Wisconsin DPI Form PI-1206 is October 15th.
Before you go online to the PI-1206 Homeschool Reporting (HOMER) system, scroll down through this post. We have links to the statutes, a few tips, and have copied the screen pages directly from the Wisconsin DPI website.
Download our PDF PI-1206 Copy of Electronic Form 2013-14
First, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
1. You want to provide the least amount of information as possible. Know the law.
2. It is not necessary to specify the grade level of your homeschooled children, you may use the “Ungraded” boxes.
3. Names and ages of your homeschooled students are exempt from the information requirement.
4. Don’t give your phone number as it undermines your family privacy. Phone numbers are easily searched from a national database.
5. Unless you want to take the chance of your email address being given out to a school district or a business (remember when DPI shared our postal addresses with the virtual charter schools a few years back?), DON’T use your email address as your “username.” You may make up any username you want instead of your email address. Just be sure to write it down somewhere.
6. Don’t file too early. You have until October 15th. We don’t want to trigger any changes in the current law.
7. Review Wisconsin Parents Association’s recommendations of how to comply with the statutes without giving DPI more than they need.
8. You can go back and change your online form if your status changes (ie: you stop homeschooling one of your children) at some time during the year.
*** To go directly to the Wisconsin State Dept. of Instruction website and complete your PI-1206, go here: https://www2.dpi.state.wi.us/HomeSchoolParent/(S(szp5y555q2vdhp553tjhrk55))/Login/Login.aspx
- Section 115.001(3g): “Home-based private educational program” means a program of educational instruction provided to a child by the child’s parent or guardian or by a person designated by the parent or guardian. An instructional program provided to more than one family unit does not constitute a home-based private educational program.
- Section 118.15(4): Instruction in a home-based private educational program that meets all of the criteria under s. 118.165(1) may be substituted for attendance at a public or private school.
- Section 115.30(3): The administrator of each home-based private educational program shall indicate in his or her report whether the system or program meets all of the criteria under s. 118.165(1).
- Section 118.165(1):
(a) The primary purpose of the program is to provide private or religious-based education.
(b) The program is privately controlled.
(c) The program provides at least 875 hours of instruction each school year.
(d) The program provides a sequentially progressive curriculum of fundamental instruction in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and health. This subsection does not require the program to include in its curriculum any concept, topic, or practice in conflict with the program’s religious doctrines or to exclude from its curriculum any concept, topic, or practice consistent with the program’s religious doctrines.
(e) The program is not operated or instituted for the purpose of avoiding or circumventing the compulsory school attendance requirement under s. 118.15(1)(a)
HERE is a step-by-step walk through of the electronic system. We have copied and pasted the screen pages directly from the DPI website as a way for you to familiarize yourself with the process. Some of the text links will take you right to the DPI site. We tried to keep the formatting stable, but some of the copied and pasted boxes may show up a little weird.
To start, each screen page has a box to click if you need to contact the DPI:
Welcome! Now accepting data for school year 2010-2011.
Welcome to the DPI’s new electronic filing of Form PI-1206 for the Home-Based Private Educational Program (commonly referred to as homeschooling). This new way of filing the form will REPLACE the old carbonless 3-ply paper form used in the past and allow for you, the parents, and district staff to access the information as soon as it is submitted online. You can immediately print out your confirmation copy and keep it on file in your home. You will no longer have to write and request a copy from the DPI. However, if you do have questions, contact information is included on each page of the form.
We hope you find this new way of reporting homeschool enrollment much more efficient, easier and more cost effective than the paper format. Thank you for visiting this site.
How to Report Homeschooling Enrollment
Before getting started, we recommend reading the information found in the navigation bar at the left of this page.
Once your information has been submitted, you will be able to return to this website and make changes to your electronic form, so please be sure to write down the ID and password that you use.
Step 1: Sign In
|New to HOMER?|
|If this is your first time at this web site since August 1, 2010, you will need to set up an ID and password of your choosing.The Department of Public Instruction believes using a valid email address as your ID in the system is the best choice for your ID. If you do not have an email address, you may choose your own ID and password, but you will not receive email notifications about your data’s status.|
Review Sign-In Data
Please review your sign-in data. If all is correct, click on Continue to enter the application.
|Email or ID:||ID entered on sign-in||Change Email or ID|
|First Parent Name:||Name entered on sign-in||Change Parent Names|
|Second Parent Name:
Enter Parent / Guardian Contact Information
|Mailing Address:||* Required|
|State:||* Required * Use all capital letters – e.g. WI|
|Zip:||* Required * Invalid Zip|
Street address is the same as mailing address
If your mailing address is a post office box, please also indicate your street address. This information is used by the school district to verify residency. If your address is not located within the school district where your child lives, indicating the child’s address in addition to your address will assist the school district in verifying residency.
Review Parent/Guardian Contact Information
review name entered
review address entered
Click the Back button below to correct data ~ otherwise, click Continue to proceed to the next step.
|EnrollmentNext to each grade below, please enter the number of children who will be taught at home in that grade.Do not include children in Kindergarten or pre-school.You may use the “Ungraded” boxes for children with special needs or those students who may be working at multiple grade levels.* Must enter data in at least one category
PI-1206 Homeschool Report (HOMER) 2010-2011
Find Your School District(s)
You have indicated that X child is being homeschooled in grades 1 through 8.
Please select the school district(s) that you live in:
(NOTE: There is a drop-down box to make selections.
BE AWARE that school district boundaries are not the same as town, village, city or county boundaries. If you are unsure of the school district in which your home is or will be located, DO NOT GUESS. To find out the school district in which a property is located, contact the municipal clerk (e.g. city hall), then confirm with a phone call to the school district.
CAUTION: Be careful when choosing a school district from the drop-down list. Many school districts have similar names and this has been a cause of many errors. To get a phone number for a school district to confirm that your home is located within it, go to http://dpi.wi.gov/schlsrch3.aspx.
The school district(s) is where the student actually lives, not the last school your child attended. In some cases, this may be different from your address. If your child has been attending school in another school district through the open enrollment program, please indicate the school district where your child lives, not the school district to which your child was open enrolled. If you are not sure of the name of the school district, the principal of the public school nearest to your, or your child’s, home should be able to assist you. Your school district is based on the address where you will be living on September 17, 2010.
One last step and you will have completed the PI-1206 Homeschool Report process.
You have reported a total of X child.
By checking this box, I agree that the home-based private education program meets all of the following criteria:
Section 115.001(3g): “Home-based private educational program” means a program of educational instruction provided to a child by the child’s parent or guardian or by a person designated by the parent or guardian. An instructional program provided to more than one family unit does not constitute a home-based private educational program.
* Please read the above statement and check the box if you agree. If you do not agree, you cannot continue.
(NOTE: When you click on the box “Submit Enrollment Data,” you will see a page that says, “Congratulations! Your PI-1206 Homeschool Report has been successfully received. What To Do Next.”
A word about paper forms:
You may contact the DPI to file a paper version of the PI-1206.
HOWEVER, it is important to know that ALL information will be placed in DPI’s database regardless of whether you have filed on paper or electronically.
DPI’s electronic database is available for all schools to use. Therefore, filing your information on a paper form will not protect your information in their electronic database.
A final note about record-keeping:
Near the bottom of the form it says, “Recommendations: It is recommended that a copy of the following be maintained in your home if you are homeschooling children:
- A school calendar verifying a minimum of 875 hours of instruction.
- Course outlines verifying that there exists a sequentially progressive curriculum of fundamental instruction.”
Remember, the DPI does NOT have the authority to require that you keep either a school calendar or course outlines. Additionally, local school district officials do NOT have the authority to ask you for them.
If an official asks to see your school calendar or course outlines, politely respond that they do not have the authority to make such a request.
That being said, school attendance is compulsory in Wisconsin, and officials do have the authority to ask to see your attendance records.