The Home School Court Report
VOLUME XV, NUMBER 6
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NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 1999
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Immunization Records Not Required

A guidance counselor from Webster Elementary School in Manchester wrote a Home School Legal Defense Association family, demanding they fill out a form describing the immunizations given to the children. This was necessary, he said, because “it is New Hampshire state law that we have these records.”

The family promptly contacted HSLDA Attorney Scott Woodruff. He wrote the guidance counselor on behalf of the family, explaining that New Hampshire has no requirement that parents who home school provide immunization records to any public official.

Representative Hastily Withdraws Threatening Legislation

When State Representative William Brennan (NH-191B) sought to introduce legislation to burden home schoolers with curriculum regulation, he had no idea what he was bargaining for.

On October 8, 1999, Brennan filed Legislative Service Request (LSR 2368), a request to draft a bill requiring “that home schooled students be responsible for the same curriculum as students attending the local school system.” LSR 2368 was not an actual bill but the first step in mandating greater curriculum control over home schoolers.

Upon receiving word of LSR 2368, New Hampshire home schoolers immediately inundated the offices of chief sponsor Brennan and two of the bill’s co-sponsors, Representatives Joseph Twardus (NH-188) and Paul Dwyer (NH-100) with telephone calls and e-mails. Within a few days, the opposition to LSR 2368 was so strong that Rep. Brennan withdrew the request before the bill was officially drafted.

The timely action of these New Hampshire families against LSR 2368 is a shining example of the effectiveness of home schoolers in preserving their liberty when it is endangered.

Contoocook Valley School District Asks for Unauthorized Information

The Contoocook Valley School District recently sent a notification of intent form to a member family. Chapter 193-A of the New Hampshire Revised Statutes requires parents to include certain information on the annual notification of intent. Contoocook Valley, however, asked for the following information which is not required by law:

  • the child’s grade and gender;
  • the parents’ intention as to the method to be used for the annual evaluation; and
  • a copy of all immunization records.

Attorney Scott Woodruff contacted the school district and asked them to change their form. They agreed to remove the unauthorized items or indicate they were optional.