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December 6, 2013

Huntington Wants Registration and Residency


Staff Attorney Tj Schmidt answers questions and assists members with legal issues in New York. He and his wife homeschool their children. Read more >>

Toward the end of the 2012-13 school year, a Home School Legal Defense Association member family in the Huntington Union Free School District received a letter from the assistant superintendent. The letter stated that the family must register their children with the district and establish residency.

HSLDA Staff Attorney Thomas Schmidt contacted the assistant superintendent, who explained that he had some concerns about whether the family actually resided within the district. For several years, the family had requested that correspondence from the school district be sent to their post office box. Apparently, because the box was in a neighboring school district, school district personnel were uncertain of where the family actually resided.

Obvious Answer

However, the assistant superintendent’s letter had been sent to the family’s physical address. Schmidt pointed out that since the family had obviously received his letter at their physical address, they must live within the district.

Schmidt also explained that New York state law does not require homeschooling parents to register with their school district. Instead, parents provide a notice of their intent to homeschool their children and then submit the remaining homeschool paperwork once they receive a packet of documents from the district.

The assistant superintendent recognized that the family did not need to register their children and agreed not to seek any further proof of residency.

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