Caroline County Incident
Some parents received a letter, dated June 15, 2023, that stated, “At this time our records show that you have not submitted the evidence of academic achievement for “child’s name.” The letter continues: “Failure to comply with this policy, could result in a hearing for truancy due to not submitting the appropriate document to be considered a homeschool student.” The letter further identified its requests as VDOE “requirements.”
After receiving several reports from concerned parents, HEAV reached out to the assistant superintendent and homeschool liaison regarding the letter’s content. We are pleased to report that we received a favorable response. Mr. Monroe has advised that they will review our feedback (see below) and revise the letter to ensure it meets all legal requirements.
What You Should Know:
- August 1st is the statutory deadline for evidence of progress. District policy and implementation processes should be based on the law. (Reference: §22.1-254.1(C))
- Truancy can not be assumed. There could be several valid reasons the district may not receive evidence of progress. These include: The age of the student (see below), the misplacement of correspondence by officials, a move out of the district, the student turning 18, the student graduating, or the parent deciding they will no longer homeschool.
- The law provides a probationary option in the event that evidence of progress is not received as required. (Reference: §22.1-254.1(C))
- Parents whose children were under the age of six as of September 30th of the school year are not required to submit evidence of progress. (Reference: §22.1-254.1(C))
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~ Patricia Beahr, Assistant Director of Government Affairs