Home Instruction

  • PLEASE NOTE: Portfolio reviews are due in January- end of first semester, AND in May- end of second semester.

    Hello Home Instruction Families,

    I hope this email finds you well and that you are feeling some optimism regarding our gradual progression to normalcy from the Coronavirus. If you have not submitted a January portfolio and you began your Home Instruction program before November 15, 2020, you need to submit that educational evidence to me as soon as possible or your family is out of compliance. If you began your Home Instruction program after November 15, 2020, you will need to submit educational evidence to me between May 1, 2021 and June 15, 2021.

    Please note that submitting your educational evidence early in May does not mean that you have to end your school year at that time, but the evidence should be substantial enough to demonstrate regular, thorough instruction.

    For a majority of Home Instruction families, you should be submitting your second set of educational evidence (portfolios) to me between May 1, 2021 and June 15, 2021. I have extended the time to submit the portfolios to June 15, 2021 which is the last day of school for CCPS students. It is very important that I receive the submission of evidence before July 1, 2021. If that does not happen, then your family will be out of compliance for Home Instruction. The 2020-2021 school year officially ends on June 30, 2021. Therefore, the 2021-2022 school year officially begins on July 1, 2021, hence the reason that this date is so important.

    We would prefer that the educational evidence be sent as an email to me (borr@ccps.org) on any day beginning May 1, 2021 to June 15, 2021. The evidence should include an introduction with a brief description of what is being taught and the resources being used for each of the 8 required subjects (English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Physical Education, and Health) followed by 3 to 5 work samples for each subject. For some of you that educational evidence will be the progress reports and/or the report cards from various online programs. Please remember that if your online program does not cover all 8 subjects, then you need to supplement using materials of your own.

    If sending your education evidence by email creates too much of a hardship, hard copy educational evidence (portfolios) can be dropped off at the George Washington Carver Education Leadership Center (201 Booth Street, Elkton) on all the Wednesdays in May (5, 12, 19, and 26), and June (2, 9, 16, 23, and 30), between 8:00 and 4:00. The portfolios will be reviewed on Thursdays and then must be picked up the following Friday between 8:00 and 4:00. The Carver Center is actually open longer than those hours listed so if you need to call me at 443 693-3096 to make specific arrangements, I am sure we will be able to work something out.

    Let me conclude this email by saying that I have truly enjoyed working with Home Instruction Families. As we move forward with updated and improved protocols, please know that hard copy mailings of information have faded out. You will receive information by email or by going to the Home Instruction tab on the CCPS Homepage. In addition, I can always be reached by calling 443 693-3096. Educational evidence (portfolios) are always due in January (which is the end of the 1st semester) and in May/June (which is the end of the 2nd semester). You can mark your calendars each and every school year with these important dates.


    Berk Orr




    MSDE Videos

    Part 1 Initiating Home Instruction

    Part 2 Components of a Home Instruction Program

    Part 3 Special Topics for High School Aged Students