Virginia’s Chronic Absenteeism Affects Homeschoolers
Parents may experience the effects of an on-going, state-wide crack down on chronic absenteeism within the public school system.
What You Should Know:
- Do NOT ignore mailed letters, emails, or phone calls you receive from your district. When responding, it is best to document all correspondence with the district in writing.
- For the sake of safety, know that no one is required to invite a social worker or school truancy officer into their home without a warrant.
- The law does not require districts to provide a letter acknowledging receipt of a notice of intent or evidence of progress. Parents should, however, have a copy of their notice of intent and evidence of progress that was sent to the district office, along with proof of their receipt (certified mail receipt, email time-date signature, fax confirmation, signature for hand-delivered documents).
- Should a district representative contact you, provide your proof of compliance, as noted above.
- References: Statutory requirements for home instruction (§22.1-254.1), Statutory duties of attendance officer (§22.1-261), The ALL IN VA plan memo