This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topics–and the answers!
Q. Am I required to use the Notice of Intent form I received from my superintendent? It is asking for more information than in the past.
A. The Virginia homeschool statute, §22.1-254.1, does NOT require you to submit a specific Notice of Intent (NOI) form in order to notify your division superintendent that you plan to homeschool. You can use any form or even write a letter to show how you have met the homeschool requirements.
Locally developed NOI forms often include requests for information that the law does not require, such as social security numbers, dates of birth, grade levels, e-mail addresses, ethnicity, the schools the students would attend, etc. While this may not seem terribly intrusive, it sets a precedent for government officials to have information they may want, but do not have a legal right to have.
When you submit a NOI form of your choice or if your write a letter, you may want to send it “return/receipt requested.” The law requires you to notify your superintendent by August 15, and the “return/receipt” is the signed proof that you have notified them and they have received your notification.
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