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June 5, 2003

CHINS Petition Dismissed

Shannon's mother decided in early February to withdraw her from public school in order to homeschool. Mrs. Walker notified the school superintendent with a telephone call, and later submitted a letter informing the superintendent of her intent to homeschool. The letter fell short of what the law requires, however.

When things were not cleared up after a few phone calls, the school system arranged for a petition to be filed asking the court to declare the child to be "in need of supervision" (CHINS) because of 47 days of consecutive absences. If granted, this would allow the judge to take jurisdiction over the child.

At the initial appearance, HSDLA attorney Scott Woodruff persuaded the judge to postpone the case for 30 days while the parties worked out their differences. The flaws in the notice of intent were subsequently remedied, and the school system agreed to allow the petition to be dismissed.

See also:
Family Gains Reprieve from Juvenile Court