A Letter of Intent to Homeschool is a typed or handwritten document prepared by the parent or guardian to notify the school district and, if necessary, the educational institution about their decision to homeschool the child. Download a printable Letter of Intent to Homeschool template through the link below.
Whether you consider yourself to be the best teacher for your child or you are not happy with traditional teaching methods, a Homeschool Letter of Intent must be composed and sent several weeks or even months before the academic year starts to make sure you comply with the local laws. If you homeschool your kids, the local education authority may appoint a supervisor who will verify your children receive proper education in accordance with all the regulations.
Follow these steps when writing a Letter of Intent to Homeschool:
Usually, you need to send this letter every year that you homeschool - doing it only during the first year is not enough. Some states will also require a detailed curriculum you are going to use or a signed affidavit. If you fail to submit the required documentation, your child may be considered truant from school and your local school district will contact you and ask to comply. If you mail the letter, do it via certified mail so you have proof in case of any questions or disagreements in the future.
Depending on the state you live in, a Homeschooling Letter of Intent must be submitted two to four weeks before your child is educated at home. However, in some states, you may send the letter after you have started homeschooling or on a specific date (for instance, August 15th). The general recommendation is to send the letter and start the process of formalizing the homeschooling as soon as possible, so contact your school district superintendent or state's Department of Education to find out if there are any specific requirements.
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