District insists on in-home monitor
A member family in the Minot Public School District contacted Home School Legal Defense Association for assistance recently when a district official insisted that the family's monitor begin meeting weekly with the family in their home to observe the actual instruction being given to the child. The meetings with the monitor had been taking place at a local public library.
HSLDA drafted a letter reminding the district that North Dakota Century Code § 15.1-23-07 sets forth the monitoring requirements for a home education program. According to this provision, the monitor must spend time "in contact with the child and the child's parent." There is no requirement that the monitoring take place in the home. Additionally, state law does not specifically require that the monitor have a face-to-face meeting with the parent and child receiving home education. It would be permissible for the monitor to fulfill the requirements of the statute through telephone contact with the child and the child's parent.
The family has had no further contact from the school district regarding this matter and we consider the issue resolved. Other HSLDA families in North Dakota encountering similar difficulties should contact us for assistance.
- Dewitt T. Black