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County Revises Form
Earlier this school year, the Hernandez* family contacted the public school superintendent of Maricopa County to notify officials that their son had graduated from high school and was no longer being homeschooled. About a week later the family received a letter from the homeschool coordinator along with a homeschool withdrawal form.
The letter from the homeschool coordinator stated that Arizona law required the family to complete the form and have it notarized in order to withdraw their son from homeschooling.
After reviewing the form the family did not believe they were required to complete it and contacted Home School Legal Defense Association for help.
HSLDA’s staff attorney for Arizona reviewed the Maricopa County form and confirmed that it was not required. While parents are required to notify the county when their child is no longer being taught at home, no “form” is required.
Additionally, a parent only is required to notify the county public school superintendent when a child is no longer taught at home if the child is between 6 and 16: compulsory attendance age. Since their son was 18, Mr. and Mrs. Hernandez were not even legally required to notify the county that he had graduated.
At the request of Mr. and Mrs. Hernandez HSLDA contacted Maricopa County to discuss their withdrawal form. When confronted, officials admitted that parents are not legally required to submit a notarized affidavit when their children are no longer taught at home. Additionally, they acknowledged that the duty to notify only applies when a child is compulsory attendance age.
At our request, Maricopa County amended their homeschool withdrawal form. Mr. and Mrs. Hernandez were not required to submit anything more.
* Not their real name.