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October 23, 2013

Prince William Seeks Birth Dates


Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in Virginia. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

Prince William County Public Schools recently sent a letter to homeschool families saying that the school system needed the birth dates of their children in order to “finalize” the families’ notices of intent. The representative said the school system’s new, automated, paperless system required a date of birth for each child.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff contacted the author of the letter. He explained that Virginia law does not require families to submit birth dates and that a family’s notice of intent does not need to be “finalized” since it is a simple notice. He asked the author to stop sending the letter.

Many families have valid privacy and security reasons for not giving their children’s birth dates to government agencies when it is not truly required. In fact, while Woodruff was drafting this letter a Virginia homeschool mom called him concerned that her son’s identity may have been stolen!

The school system staff member responsible for the letter promptly replied, agreed that supplying a birth date is not required, and agreed to stop sending the letter.

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