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VOLUME XV, NUMBER 6
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NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 1999
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Notifications and Home Visits

The beginning of the 1999-2000 school year, when private “home” schools are required to submit their notification to the local school district, has had its share of typical problems.

Some school district personnel simply have ignored families’ notifications and, instead, asked the families to complete and return “home school” forms. Many of these forms request information beyond what private schools are required to report—that is why Home School Legal Defense Association encourages its members not to use the forms. Home schools in Kentucky are considered “private schools,” rather than “home schools,” and are subject to the private school law—not local school district home school policies.

Another important issue is home visits. The private school law does require private schools to be open for inspection. However, HSLDA believes that since the school is in a home—thus protected from unwarranted searches and seizures—the home school family is not required to comply with such requests.

A request for a home visit is not a cause for panic. In fact, it is not unusual to receive such a request. However, HSLDA members must remember that school officials have no authority to enter your home, especially without a warrant.

If a school district sends you a letter requesting an appointment for a “home visit,” please call HSLDA or fax the letter to us, and our legal staff will respond on your behalf. If a school official shows up at your door, claiming authority to do an on-site visit, politely inform him that your attorney has instructed you not to admit him. In addition, your attorney requests that the school official address any questions regarding your private school in writing to your attorney.