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October 2, 2017

Districts Squeeze Parents for Additional Information

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DAN BEASLEY
Contact attorney for Wyoming

Home School Legal Defense Association member families in several different Wyoming counties have reported receiving requests for additional information from school officials in response to their homeschool notification paperwork. School district administrators in two of these counties demanded that homeschooling parents complete specific school district forms in order to homeschool.

One school district wrote: “The State of Wyoming requires that you fill out [our homeschool] forms.”

There is no such requirement in Wyoming law.

I explained to these school officials that while parents are required to provide their local school district with a description of their curriculum, there is no requirement that they use any particular form to do so. The information—not its format—is what’s important.

I have not received a response.

School districts often seek information on their forms that parents are not required to supply, which is why HSLDA provides forms for our members that meet the minimum requirements of state law.

While this may seem like a minor issue to some, it is important for parents to protect the right to communicate only the information that is required by law. If a school district controls the form, it can then dictate the information that must be submitted. At a minimum this erodes parental freedom and limits flexibility for homeschooled children, but it can also lead to breaches of student privacy and erroneous truancy allegations.

If you ever have questions about correspondence you receive from your local school officials, please give our office a call. We’re here to help.