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Family Surprised by Letter and Visit
The Ambrose family in Hayward were minding their own business, faithfully homeschooling their children. Little did they know what awaited them!
First, the family received a letter from the Hayward Community School District demanding that they verify that they were following the state’s homeschool requirements by providing a school calendar and course outlines to the district. The letter indicated that the law required the family to keep these records and to send them to the school district upon request.
Shortly after this incident, the family answered a knock at their back door to find a social worker standing there.* The social worker said she had received a tip that “someone in the community was concerned” because one of the Ambrose children was not reading “up to his ability.”
On behalf of our member family, Home School Legal Defense Association Senior Counsel Christopher Klicka faxed a letter to the social worker verifying that the family was in full compliance with Wisconsin’s homeschool requirements, and that they were declining any services offered by the county because their homeschool program was working very well.
Klicka then sent a letter to the Hayward Community School District, informing them that the family’s school calendar and course outlines were not required by law and that such demands were illegal. In addition, Klicka verified that the Ambroses were operating their homeschool program according to state law, and that no interference from the school was necessary.
Since HSLDA’s response, the family has not heard from the social worker or school district.
— by Christopher J. Klicka
* See “HSLDA social services contact policy”