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September 13, 2006

Districts Demand too Much

Several Home School Legal Defense Association members have received declaration of intent forms from their respective school districts requesting more information than they are legally required to provide.

According to Section 28A.200.010 a parent, guardian, or legal custodian is required to file an annual declaration of intent. The declaration of intent is only required to include the name and age of the child and specify whether a certificated person will be supervising the instruction, while written in a format prescribed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

However, the Evergreen School District No. 114 declaration of intent form sent to HSLDA members requested the child’s birth date, grade level, resident school, and phone number for the parents. Additionally, the form requested the name of the certificated teacher or person who would be providing the instruction.

In the Oak Harbor School District No. 201 HSLDA member families who submitted our declaration of intent form were told they must use the District’s form. However, this form required the child’s birth date, grade level, and parent’s telephone number, none of which are mandated by state law.

The North Thurston Public Schools declaration form was probably the closest to what is required. While each child’s grade level, neighborhood school, and reason for homeschooling was requested, all were clearly marked “optional.” However, the form did request the date of birth instead of just the child’s age.

HSLDA has created a declaration of intent form in the format prescribed by Superintendent of Public Instruction with all of the information legally required to be submitted. Members may obtain this form by contacting us or going to the HSLDA Washington state member’s site homepage.