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7/13/2011 4:53:45 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
South Dakota--File Form No Later Than First Day of School, Or Else

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South Dakota--File Form No Later Than First Day of School, Or Else

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Custer School District 16-1 recently sent a letter to families asking
them to submit their homeschool forms so the school board could act on
them at its August 8 meeting. With the changes enacted through HB
1133, however, it is not necessary for school boards to take any
action at all. Homeschool children are considered excused from public
school attendance immediately upon the filing of the application for
excuse.

I spoke with the Custer superintendent this morning and explained that
school board action is no longer necessary. He was not aware of the
change in the law until my call. I expect many other superintendents
are likewise unaware.

The school system's letter also said that if the school board did not
receive each family's form by the first day of school, August 22, they
would be required to contact the state's attorney.

Families should make careful note of the first day of school in their
district, and make certain their application for excuse is on file no
later than that date. Sending your form by certified mail-return
receipt requested, and keeping the receipt, should give you solid
proof your form was received before the first day of school.

HSLDA and homeschool representatives have been in discussions with the
South Dakota Department of Education to update the homeschool form so
that it reflects the changes the legislature enacted early this year,
and to correct other problems. We expect the updated form will be
available on the Department's website by the end of next week. This
should give families plenty of time to file it before the first day of
school.

Sincerely,

Scott Woodruff
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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