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February 25, 2009

Principal Sends Truancy Notices to Newly Enrolled Homeschool Student

Recently, the Louis (name changed to protect privacy) family withdrew their two children from public school in order to homeschool them. A few weeks later, they were contacted by the local public school principal, who informed the family that she had received two notices that the Louis children had been absent with no excuse for 10 days.

As members of the Home School Legal Defense Association, the Louis family called our offices to request help. HSLDA Senior Counsel Chris Klicka sent the principal a letter explaining that the truancy notices were unwarranted because the children were enrolled full-time in their parent’s home education program. Klicka’s letter further explained that the Louis home education program was fulfilling the requirements of Illinois law and that the Louis children would not be returning to school.

After Klicka sent the letter, the Louis family never heard from the public school again.