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October 8, 2009

Fairfax Asks for Child’s Birth Date

The Rogers family (name changed to protect their privacy), members of HSLDA, sent a perfectly adequate notice of intent to Fairfax County Public Schools. They got back a form letter acknowledging receipt of their notice, but saying, “However, the following information was not included.” The box next to “Your child’s birth date (Can call our office)” was checked.

Under Virginia law, families are not required to identify their children’s birth dates.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff wrote a letter and called the official who had written the letter. A school system representative called Woodruff back. Woodruff challenged the representative on the birth date issue. The representative promptly acknowledged that families are free to ignore the request for the birth date.

The representative agreed to review the language of the form letter to make sure it does not imply that parents are required to submit birth dates.