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St. Vrain exceeds law

The St. Vrain Valley School District in Colorado has contacted several Home School Legal Defense Association member families demanding information about their home schools that is not required by law.

According to the district, a change in the law requires that home schoolers include additional information on their annual notice of intent. The law, however, has not changed. This district was interpreting a state department of education policy change as giving authority to ask for grade levels of home schooling children.

In Colorado, home schooling parents are required to

certify, in writing, only a statement containing the name, age, place of residence, and number of hours of attendance of each child enrolled in said program. [Emphasis added.]

Nothing more is required by law.

During the drafting of the home-based education law in Colorado, HSLDA, together with state home school leaders, and legislators, purposely left out grade level in order to allow home education programs maximum flexibility. The flexibility to adjust curricula to a child's needs is one of home schooling's many benefits, enabling children to excel, often beyond their traditional grade levels.

HSLDA wrote a letter to the St. Vrain Valley School District, explaining that their interpretation of the law was incorrect, and that the home schoolers in the district were already in compliance with the law. These families submitted the notice of intent form developed by HSLDA rather than St. Vrain's inaccurate form.

Our legal staff stands ready to assist members contacted by aggressive school districts. (See A Plethora of Forms on this page.)

- Christopher J. Klicka