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Wood County jumbles options

Wood County residents recently received a notice of intent form asking for a tremendous amount of information the law does not require. The school system appears to have confused the requirements for teaching a child under 18-8-1(B)(a) with those for 18-8-1(B)(b).

The vast majority of West Virginia homeschooling families educate their children at home under Exemption (B)(b), which only requires a notice of intent, not approval. The Wood County notice of intent form, however, calls for much information that would only be applicable if a family were seeking Exemption (B)(a).

The form requests a description of the qualifications of the instructor. Under Exemption (B)(b), the parent need only have a high school diploma. Exemption (B)(a), however, requires the instructor be "qualified to give instruction" in the judgment of the superintendent and county board. The letter accompanying the form gives the number of required instructional days as 180. This is true only under Exemption (B)(a).

We have sent a letter to the Wood County superintendent advising him of the discrepancies and requesting corrections.

If you would like to use a notice of intent form that only calls for information actually required by law, you can download HSLDA's form from our webpage for West Virginia in our members only section, under "Forms and Other Resources."

Scott A. Woodruff