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Enrollment not required in Kapolei

Several Home School Legal Defense Association member families were contacted this fall by Kapolei Middle School after they submitted their letter of intent. Apparently, various school counselors and other school staff believed that homeschooling families were required to enroll their children in the school in order to teach them at home. Some families were asked to come to the school to fill out a form, while others were sent a Student Enrollment Form to return to the school.*

As soon as concerned parents began contacting our office, HSLDA Attorney Thomas Schmidt immediately tried to reach the public school official who was giving out wrong information. But since more than one school official misunderstood state law and each had contacted different HSLDA members, Schmidt eventually spoke to three different officials and wrote a letter to the principal of the school. Schmidt explained that under Hawaii Administrative Rules 8-12-13, parents are only required to submit a notice of intent to teach their child at home to the principal of the local public school. This notice of intent can be submitted in a letter or on Hawaii Form 4140. Also, on HSLDA's website, we have a form available for use by our members that ensures the parent is submitting only what is legally required and nothing more. Filling out a Student Enrollment Form is not required.

After thoroughly educating the various public school officials, HSLDA is confident that Kapolei Middle School will only request what Hawaii law permits. Should you have any difficulties with your local school, please contact us for assistance.

— by Thomas J. Schmidt

* See "A plethora of forms."