November 7, 2006

Truant Officer ‘Checks Up’ on Homeschool Family

The Robertsons, an Illinois Home School Legal Defense Association member family in the Boone-Winnebago Regional School District, were visited at their house by a truant officer unexpectedly one morning.

The school official was concerned that the Robertsons’ child was not in school. The father explained to the official that his children were being homeschooled, and that he had sent a letter of notification of their homeschool only a month prior. The school official indicated that he had not seen the letter and remained suspicious.

The family immediately contacted HSLDA for help.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Chris Klicka instructed the family to let the official know that they would be sending a letter from their attorney to verify their homeschool status. As promised, attorney Klicka drafted a letter that he sent to the school official on behalf of the family the very next day. The letter explained the family’s legal rights to home educate their children, outlined the homeschool requirements, and verified that the family was meeting those requirements.

The truant officer called Klicka, explaining his visit was an error and he did not need to see the Robertsons’ curriculum anymore!

The family has not had any contact with the school official since that time.