Across the States
The letter urged families to return two forms “as soon as possible”—a “Homeschool Temporary Waiver of Confidentiality” form and an “Alternative School Program Partial Waiver of Confidentiality.”* The only explanation the letter provided as to why families were suddenly being urged to sign these forms was that it was “very important.”
HSLDA Staff Attorney Scott Woodruff called the homeschool secretary to ask if families’ privacy would be jeopardized if they simply ignored the forms, but the secretary could not provide an answer.
HSLDA will take steps to ensure that the school administration understands that homeschooling families’ privacy must be protected even if they disregard the “partial waiver” form, and we will strongly discourage the school from sending “temporary waiver” forms out wholesale again.
The right to privacy is the right to be left alone, and only active citizens can prevent intrusions on this freedom. With the help of vigilant homeschooling families, we will defend the important privacy protections won in 2004.
— by Scott A. Woodruff
* See “A plethora of forms”