Give the school system a copy of their driver’s license;
Give the school system proof of where they live;
Give the school system proof of the child’s Social Security number;
Give the school system a copy of the child’s birth certificate;
Make an appointment to meet with school staff before beginning homeschooling;
“Register” the child before beginning homeschool; and
“Enroll” the child before beginning homeschooling.
I spoke to a representative by phone on August 21 and explained that these requirements are unlawful. But I subsequently received a report that the school system is continuing to try to impose some or all of these unlawful requirements on families.
Therefore, last week I sent a letter explaining that the school system’s action violates Maryland Regulation 13A.10.01.01.F. This regulation says “A local school system may not impose additional requirements for home instruction programs other than those in these regulations.” My letter warned that if the school system fails to operate within the boundaries of the law, significant legal consequences could follow.
It is now important to monitor the school system’s conduct to see if it violates the law even after receiving my cautionary letter. If you live in (or move into) Wicomico County, and the school system tries to impose any of the above unlawful requirements on you via a letter, please send us a copy of the letter immediately. If the school system instead tries to impose any unlawful requirements on you via a phone call or face-to-face conversation, insist that the representative put what he or she intends to say in writing and send it to you. When you receive it, forward it to us immediately for review. Emails and scanned documents may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.,
Home School Legal Defense Association