The Home School Court Report
No. 4

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Out of State, but Not Out of Mind

After moving out of New York State, a Home School Legal Defense Association member family received a threatening letter from the Saugerties Central School District demanding the quarterly reports for their children. The letter stated that if the family did not submit these reports within a week or two, the school would report the family to Ulster County Child Protective Services (CPS) for educational neglect.

Since the Brooks family (name changed to protect family’s privacy) had already notified the school district that they had moved out of state, they immediately contacted HSLDA for help.

HSLDA Staff Attorney Thomas Schmidt contacted the school district on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Brooks. He informed the school officials that threatening to report the family to CPS when they were no longer living in the district was completely unwarranted. Schmidt pointed out that over a month and a half earlier, Mrs. Brooks had sent a letter informing the district that the family was moving.

Shortly after receiving our letter, the school district contacted us and apologized. The district claimed to have lost the original letter, but promptly corrected their files after hearing from HSLDA.

— by Thomas J. Schmidt