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November 9, 2011

Harford Goofs on Verification

HSLDA member Pam Smith (name changed to protect privacy) received a letter from Harford County Public Schools asking her to fill out an annual verification. This struck Pam as odd, since her homeschool operates under an umbrella program, so no annual verification was due to the school system. She asked HSLDA for guidance.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff worked with Pam to craft a letter back to the school system.

After receiving it, the pupil personnel worker promptly responded and acknowledged her error in asking a family under an umbrella program to submit a verification. She said it was the result of files getting mixed up in her office.

Only families homeschooling under the portfolio option need to submit an annual verification—which can be orally, in writing, or through any other means—no form is required. No information needs to be submitted except the name of the child and parents, and address, and whether the child will be homeschooled for the coming year.

We appreciate the worker’s prompt recognition of her error.