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April 5, 2006

Burden Lifted From Principal's Shoulders

When Home School Legal Defense Association member Mary Barner* began homeschooling her child, she filed appropriate information with the Pawtucket school committee and gave courtesy written notice of withdrawal to the principal of the elementary school her child had attended.

Later in the year, the principal wrote Mary asking for quarterly attendance logs and a report card. This surprised her because under Rhode Island law, the school committee, not a principal, has administrative responsibility for these. She called HSLDA for assistance.

We immediately called the principal and explained that principals have no duties regarding attendance logs or report cards. He was delighted to learn this. He agreed that the Barners did not need to send him anything and promised to call HSLDA if anyone suggested he had such responsibility.

* name changed to protect the family's privacy.

 Other Resources

Homeschooling in Rhode Island: A Legal Analysis