March 30, 2011

Cherry Creek School District Distributes Inaccurate Homeschool Forms

An HSLDA member family in Colorado called our offices to let us know that Cherry Creek School District was sending out memorandums stating that a parent’s homeschooling notification must be submitted “if so requested, upon forms furnished by the school district for that purpose.”

While the statute requires homeschooling parents to submit certain information, nothing in the law requires a family to use the district’s particular form. Families who submit a notice of intent that includes “name, age, place of residence, and number of hours of attendance,” regardless of the format, are in compliance with the law.

In addition, the Cherry Creek School District’s form also requested a copy of the students’ birth certificates, as well as each student’s date of birth and name of the school he or she is presently attending. Colorado law does not require homeschooling parents to submit any of this information.

HSLDA Attorney Michael Donnelly sent the district a letter explaining these errors and requesting that their forms be updated to more accurately reflect the law.

If you reside in Cherry Creek School District, be advised that you are not required to fill out the school district’s forms. HSLDA provides accurate notification forms, which only request information that is required by law. These forms can be obtained on the member’s page of our website, or sent to you upon request.

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