October 15, 2012

Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in Maryland. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

Washington County Concedes Notice of Consent Due Only Once

When Home School Legal Defense Association member J.B. handed her initial notice of consent to a public school staff member, he told her that she must fill out the same form every year. J.B. knew from HSLDA’s website that it only needs to be submitted once, so she contacted us for help. (Parents must annually verify the continuation of homeschooling, but no form is necessary.)

After receiving guidance from HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff, J.B. called the school back. She got a different staff member. J.B. explained that the first staff member had demanded that the notice of consent be filed every year. J.B. asked the second staff member to put the demand in writing. He insisted the form must be filed every year, but refused to put the demand in writing.

J.B. pressed him again. Finally, he read the correct regulation over the phone—which said that the notice of consent must be filed only once, not annually. He then told J.B. that evidently the first staff member did not know the law.