The Home School Court Report
No. 2

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School Demands Progress Report Early

In Hawaii it is not uncommon for homeschooling parents to receive a demand from local school officials to submit their annual progress report by some date in May. A Home School Legal Defense Association member family in the Wai’alae Elementary School attendance zone received a letter insisting that they had to submit their report by May 27.

After receiving the letter, Mr. and Mrs. Reid (name changed to protect privacy) contacted HSLDA for help. HSLDA Staff Attorney Thomas Schmidt wrote to the school and pointed out that under the Hawaii Administrative Rules, there is no specific date by which a parent must submit the required annual progress report. Instead, Schmidt reminded school officials that homeschooling parents are simply required to provide these reports at the end of their school year.

Under Hawaii law, homeschooling parents are responsible for establishing the beginning and ending dates for their school year. While parents may follow a similar schedule as the local public schools, they are also free to begin and end their school year at different times than the schools.

Schmidt advised the school that Mr. and Mrs. Reid completed their school year in July and that the annual progress report would be submitted at that time. Since this letter, the Reids have had no further difficulties.

— by Thomas J. Schmidt