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8/23/2010 9:56:30 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Vermont--Reminder: Annual Notice to State Department of Education

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Vermont --Reminder: Annual Notice to State Department of Education

Dear HSLDA Members:

HSLDA hopes that you have had a wonderful summer!

This is a reminder for those operating under Vermont's homeschool law
to submit your annual 2010-2011 enrollment notice for each child
between ages 6 and 16 to the commissioner. The commissioner's
guidelines for home study state that the enrollment notice must be
received on or before Labor Day in order to qualify for the "minimum
course of study exemption." While HSLDA disagrees with this
interpretation of the law, we have litigated the issue and a hearing
officer has indicated that the Department's interpretation may be
upheld. Families who wish to avoid a hearing over the issue should
file paperwork before the deadline. At a minimum, a family who has
submitted Form A only should be deemed to have met the deadline, after
which they will have 14 days to complete the notification. A family
may choose to do this in cases where a teacher's evaluation is late,
or they are making changes to the curriculum and are waiting for more
information to complete the minimum course of study description.

A home study program must submit "a detailed outline or narrative
which describes the content to be provided in each subject area of the
minimum course of study." An outline or narrative for a child with a
disability must include any special services or adaptations that will
be made to accommodate the disability. Families who successfully
complete two consecutive school years of home study receive a "minimum
course of study exemption" and are not required to provide this
detailed outline for every child of compulsory attendance age.
However, all families must submit a detailed outline for each child
who is 12 years old at the time the enrollment is filed.

HSLDA's Vermont Notice of Intent to Homeschool form is found here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8941

Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to visit
our website at: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8942 or call our
office at 540-338-5600.

I trust that you will have a successful school year. Thank you for
your support!

Please consider recommending HSLDA to your friends and family who are
homeschooling and are not yet members!

Very truly yours,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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