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4/17/2007 11:11:26 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia: Guidance Concerning Frederick County 'Child Find' Letter

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Virginia: Guidance Concerning Frederick County 'Child Find' Letter

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The Director of Special Services for Frederick County Public Schools
recently sent a letter to homeschool families presenting both
opportunities and challenges.

The letter invites homeschool families to contact the school system if
they would like the school system to provide special education
services to their children. While we consistently encourage families
to meet any special education services need privately where possible,
families unable to do so will welcome the offer. Although private
special services are the best option overall, it is better to obtain
services through the public school than to forgo needed services
altogether.

The letter invites interested families to attend a meeting on April 18
at 3 p.m. to discuss the distribution of funds available for special
education services. If you attend the meeting, your opinions will be
considered as the school system decides how to allocate limited
resources. HSLDA has counseled families in other states to attend
such meetings if they want to have the opportunity to influence how
the available money is spent.

There is little or no reason to be concerned about the system's
request that those who attend the meeting sign a statement saying that
timely and meaningful consultation has occurred. Their request is
prompted by their desire to comply with federal law that governs how
they spend special education services money. If you are interested in
attending this meeting but would like guidance because of particular
circumstances, please contact our office.

If you do NOT want special education services through the school
system, we advise you to disregard all the requests for information in
the letter. You are under no obligation to respond. If you do not
want the services, protection of your privacy should be the priority.

Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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