Language used by the interim superintendent and on the district’s website identified a notice of intent as a “request” that “must” be “considered for approval” through Goochland County Schools. We are pleased to report that, following HEAV’s correspondence with the homeschool liaison, immediate action was taken to update the website and address accuracy in communicating parent’s legal requirements. We are thankful for the parents who contacted HEAV and for Goochland for this prompt and positive resolution.
What You Should Know:
- Public school districts do not have the statutory authority to approve a parent’s decision to enroll in a private school, hire a Virginia-certified tutor, or homeschool. (Reference: §22.1-254(A))
- Under the homeschool statute, parents are required to notify the superintendent of their intent to homeschool. (Reference: §22.1-254.1(B))
- The superintendent’s responsibility is to ensure parents have met the requirements of the homeschool law. (Reference: §22.1-254.1)
- Districts may, but are not required to, send a letter to parents acknowledging receipt of their notice of intent.