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February 28, 2006

Rocky Transition to Rocky Maine

As the Windham* family prepared to leave Ohio's plains and move to rocky Maine, they notified their former school district that they were relocating.

This should have been their final contact. At the end of the year, however, the former school district asked them to submit year-end assessments. The family reminded the official that they were no longer residents of Ohio.

The following February, the principal of the former school district mailed a letter threatening to file a missing child report with the police department in 10 days if the family did not send a homeschool notification form to their former home state or explain why they had not done so. Stunned, Mrs. Windham immediately called HSLDA for help.

We called the principal and reminded him that the family was no longer in his state. We pointed out that he had no jurisdiction over the family.

He conceded that we were correct. He offered no apology, but promised that that he would leave the family alone in the future.

* Name changed to protect the family's privacy.