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October 21, 2011

Windsor Insists on Use of its Own Form

At the beginning of this school year, Home School Legal Defense Association assisted two member families in Windsor when the assistant superintendent of the public school insisted that they use the school’s version of a notice of intent form to commence a home instruction program. Both families had already submitted a notice of intent, using the form included with the State Board of Education’s guidelines for home instruction dated July 15, 1994. While acknowledging receipt of the completed forms previously submitted by the families, the school official’s letter included a form developed by Windsor Public Schools with instructions to submit this completed form also.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Dewitt Black mailed the school official a copy of the guidelines and pointed out that they contain no requirement that parents utilize any particular form in submitting the notice of intent to conduct a home instruction program. Black also observed that the form used by the families was essentially the same as the one the school district wanted them to use. This intervention by HSLDA ended the families’ difficulty.