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6/22/2010 2:28:42 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia--Errors in Goochland Letter

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Virginia--Errors in Goochland Letter

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

On June 16 the Goochland County Public Schools Student Services
Specialist sent a letter to homeschool families containing errors.
Here is some guidance to help you put the letter in perspective.

The letter twice referred to the necessity of families getting
"approval" in order to homeschool. Families do not need the school
system's approval to homeschool.

It also said an "education plan" must be filed by August 15. There is
no such requirement in the law, although that is the correct date for
filing a notice of intent for the coming year.

The letter said that information about "home school regulations" can
be obtained from the state Department of Education. There are no
homeschool regulations, nor does any state agency have authority to
adopt regulations.

The letter contains an awkwardly worded request asking families to
notify the school system if they are no longer homeschooling. The
applicable statutes do not require you to tell a school system if you
stop homeschooling.

If you choose to stop homeschooling, you just stop filing the annual
notice of intent. It's as simple as that. You are not required to
notify the school system about alternate plans you may have made, or
whether your child is no longer subject to compulsory attendance by
virtue of having graduated and received a diploma.

Let us know if the letter raised any question in your mind that we did
not address above. If you operate under the religious exemption, you
can disregard this bulletin.

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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