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August 7, 2017

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Attendance Exemption Granted After HSLDA Intervenes

SCOTT WOODRUFF Contact attorney for Maryland

HSLDA helped a member family write to claim a one-year attendance exemption for their 5-year-old son, but the Carroll County Public Schools superintendent refused to grant it promptly.

Instead he wrote and told them he had asked his staff to investigate and provide him with a recommendation, after which he would notify the family of his decision.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff wrote the superintendent and explained that under regulation 13A ยง08.01.02-2(A), he was required to grant their exemption within five days of receipt. The regulation does not permit the superintendent to delay the exemption so an investigation can be conducted, or to wait for staff to give him a recommendation.

The family soon received a letter from the superintendent granting the exemption. This family will therefore be spared, at least for this year, the red tape that Maryland law requires of homeschool families.