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8/30/2011 4:41:51 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Reminder: Annual Notice to State Department of Education

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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 file your annual enrollment notice for each child between ages 6
and 16 to the commissioner of education. 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 commissioner'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
filed Form A (or HSLDA's Notice of Intent to Homeschool) 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.

Vermont Statutes sec. 166b requires a home study program to file "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=12227 . Alternatively, you can find
the Department of Education's forms here:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=12228

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to visit
our website at: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=12229 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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