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August 1, 2007
Epilogue for Washington Borough Daytime Curfew

Homeschoolers turned out in force last summer to oppose Washington Borough’s (Warren County) proposed daytime curfew. With homeschool families packing the chamber, the borough council honored the legitimate concerns of parents and defeated the proposal on a 5-1 vote.

Not long after, discussions were initiated between borough council members and homeschoolers and their representatives on an ordinance that would be acceptable to the homeschool community.

Mark August, of Education Network of Christian Homescholers of New Jersey, and HSLDA’s Scott Woodruff reviewed a new draft ordinance that had none of the objectionable features of the first draft. The new draft did not restrict the activities of young people under 18 during the daytime. It applied only between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. There was no tie-in with the public school schedule.

Two new exceptions were added. The first allows young people to be on the curb or sidewalk adjacent to their home during restricted hours. The other allows them to be in a public place to engage in protests or other constitutionally protected activity during restricted hours.

As with the first proposal, restrictions do not apply if the young person is with a parent, on an errand involving an emergency, attending an adult-supervised event, or traveling to and from work or another permissible activity.

With these changes, the ordinance was no longer problematic. Neither HSLDA nor ENOCH of New Jersey opposed the redrafted ordinance, and it was adopted. Click here to view the full text of the ordinance ( requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Nighttime curfews are not objectionable, in general. However, if any family has information about a town, borough, or other government body proposing a daytime curfew, please contact us immediately.