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Rule 13 Forms
The links on this page will take the user to the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) Exempt School website, where the forms used to provide notice to the NDE of the parent(s)’ decision to home educate their child(ren) can be downloaded for mail-in filing. On the NDE Exempt School website, the user can select the Rule 13 forms, as well as a copy of the actual Rule 13 implementing the statutes concerning homeschooling. Also available at the NDE Exempt School website is the option to file your Rule 13 exemption forms on-line rather than by mail.
Nebraska law recognizes homeschooling for two reasons:
- when attendance at an approved or accredited school would interfere with the decisions of the parents or legal guardians in directing their child’s education or
- when attendance at an approved or accredited school would violate sincerely held religious beliefs of the parents or legal guardians
By submitting the Rule 13 forms, parents are simply notifying the NDE of their decision to homeschool. PARENTS ARE NOT SEEKING PERMISSION OR AUTHORITY TO HOME EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN.
Homeschooling Forms from the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE)
The NDE also has a document, Exempt (Home) Schools Frequently Asked Questions, which provides information that may prove useful.
The forms on the NDE web site are in PDF format, which requires the free software program Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be obtained at: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.
Affidavit to Delay Entry into an Exempt School
State law requires compulsory school attendance if the student is 6 years of age before January 1 of the school year for which Rule 13 forms are filed. This compulsory attendance situation also applies to homeschooled students. Parents can delay the start of homeschooling until age seven (7) by filing an affidavit with the local school district. The NCHEA has developed a Parent or Guardian Affidavit to Delay Entry into an Exempt School for this situation.