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Erasing the Barriers for Children with Special Learning Needs

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Calendar Control

The Goshen County School District Number One recently tried to force a home schooling family to follow the public school’s calendar exactly. Home School Legal Defense Association wrote the school district to clarify that although that the intent of the law is that private and home schools generally observe the same academic calendar (a 175-day school year) that the public school observes, we do not believe that a proper interpretation of the law can require non-public schools to convene at any particular hour of the day. This would impose a curfew upon students being home schooled during the school hours.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in the case of Pierce v. Society of Sisters that private schools do not have to mirror public schools, and certainly they do not have to mirror public schools in terms of days of attendance. Wyoming law requires the home school to be in operation at least 175 days during a school year (12-month period). If any school district tries to force your family to use a specific calendar, please contact HSLDA immediately. — Darren A. Jones