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DPP causes problems

The Caldwell County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel (DPP) recently demanded entrance to a Home School Legal Defense Association member family's home to examine their records, claiming that she had a legal right to do so. Although the daughter was out of state and had taken most of the schoolbooks with her, the family let the DPP in and explained their program to her. The DPP seemed satisfied, but after she left, she sent the family a letter stating that she "saw little evidence that a home school truly exists." She demanded to see attendance records, lesson plans and a daily schedule, and scholarship reports.

HSLDA quickly contacted the DPP on behalf of our member family. We explained that Kentucky law requires that private schools and home schoolers keep attendance records and scholarship reports, but that these records are not open for inspection by the public school district. In addition, no law in Kentucky requires parents to keep lesson plans or a daily schedule, and the school district has no authority to ask for them. The DPP has had no further contact with this family.

Home schooling families in Kentucky are not required to open their homes to inspection by directors of pupil personnel. If you are asked to do so, please contact HSLDA immediately so that we can respond on your behalf. — Darren A. Jones