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June 20, 2011

Williamsburg-James City Demands Birth Date, Grade

The Lindsay family filed a timely, proper notice of intent with Williamsburg-James City public schools.

They received a letter back saying that the children’s birth dates and grade levels were missing from their “request” to homeschool. The school system gave the family a deadline for replying. Members of HSLDA, the Lindsays contacted us for help.

Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff wrote a letter on their behalf explaining that under Virginia law, a notice of intent is not a “request,” and that birth dates and grade levels are not required on a notice of intent. Woodruff asked the school representative to follow up with a letter confirming that the family would not need to submit the information demanded.

The school system never replied. Nor did they ever pester the family again.