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Northampton County misinformed

Every year, Home School Legal Defense Association writes many letters to school districts across the state of Virginia on behalf of our member families. Recently, a family in Northampton County forwarded a letter to HSLDA they received from their assistant superintendent, dated September 19.

The family had filed for homeschooling under the general homeschool statute in Virginia and had chosen to operate their homeschool program under option four. Option four requires that families submit a description of their curriculum to the school district along with their notice of intent form.

The assistant superintendent in Northampton seemed to have a problem with this family's curriculum description because it only covered two subjects: language arts and math. His letter demanded that the family submit the educational material they planned to use "for the 4 core subjects" (including science and social studies) and, furthermore, that the materials be on the "state approved list."

Families operating under option four in Virginia are only required to submit a description of their language arts and math curriculum. The four "core subjects" are not stated in the homeschool law, and there is no requirement that a homeschooling family submit information for science and social studies. In addition, homeschooling parents are free to choose their own curriculum under option four. They do not have to obtain materials from a state-approved list.

To resolve this issue on behalf of our member family, HSLDA Attorney Scott Woodruff sent a letter to the assistant superintendent at Northampton County Public Schools pointing out the inaccurate information in his letter.

Scott A. Woodruff