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County Invents Requirements
Staff Attorney Tj Schmidt answers questions and assists members with legal issues in Kentucky. He and his wife homeschool their children. Read more >>
In June 2013, all homeschooling families in Henry County received a packet from the school board and a memo from the director of pupil personnel (DPP). The memo informed parents that they must submit the homeschool notification form for the following school year by June 28. After receiving the form, the DPP would “meet with the home school teacher to review the legal requirements regarding records that are mandatory and explain how the [homeschool] program can be structured to best meet the educational needs of your child.”
The DPP also mentioned that Kentucky law had specific “requirements for the procedures and the curriculum that must be included” (emphasis added).
What the Law Says
HSLDA Staff Attorney Thomas Schmidt wrote to the DPP to clarify Kentucky’s private school law (which includes homeschools). For instance, there is no requirement that the notification form be submitted by June 28. Instead, Kentucky law requests that the notice be submitted within two weeks of the beginning of the school year. (If a family moves into Kentucky or pulls their child out of public school in the middle of the school year, they can still begin homeschooling after the first two weeks of the school year.)
After HSLDA contacted the Henry County DPP, homeschooling families experienced no further difficulties and were not required to meet with any school official.
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