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‘Home School Check. Please Give Us A Call’

‘Home School Check. Please Give Us A Call’

PARIS, Ky. – Homeschooling families in one Kentucky school district were surprised to discover recently that school officials were conducting unannounced visits to homes – and if no one was there, leaving door hangers.

The February visits within the Paris Independent School District apparently violate a state-wide agreement, which is designed to protect a family’s constitutional right to privacy, according to the Home School Legal Defense Association, which reported on the incident.

“I got the impression that district staff could become more difficult if I didn’t cooperate in answering their questions or bring out my child to meet them,” one parent, Jenny Griffith, reported. “I tried to handle the situation as civilly as possible, without adding any threat to them.”

Griffith said the two officials who visited her home said the district has plans to visit every homeschool family three times a year.

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“As part of their plan to help families, the school officials asked about attendance records and curriculum,” HSLDA attorney T.J. Schmidt wrote at the organization’s website. “Before leaving, one official asked Jenny about meeting her child.”

Families who were not at home got a doorhanger, reading, “Home school check. Please give us a call.” It was signed by the principal.

But the visits go against Kentucky state law, Schmidt said.

“Under Kentucky law, a homeschool program operates as a private school,” he wrote. “While private schools are required to keep attendance and scholarship records (i.e. report cards) in the same manner as the local public school, homeschooling parents do not need to open their homes and present these documents simply because a school official comes knocking.”

An agreement was reached more than 20 years ago between the homeschool organizations and the state that “unless school officials receive some report or have some evidence that the parents are not educating their children, no further inquiry should be made,’ Schmidt added.

HSLDA has contacted the school district about the law.

What is your reaction? Do you believe school districts should do “checkups” on homeschoolers? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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4 comments

  1. Many parents, home school or not, ARE NOT AWARE OF THEIR RIGHTS. I venture to say MOST people in this country don’t know their rights, or don’t know how to protect their constitutional rights. This is at least partially due to the fact that we -as the American public- are raised to believe, or simply assume, that law enforcement officers can be trusted, that they -the officers- have our – the citizens- best interest in mind. HOWEVER, THIS IS NOT ALWAYS THE CASE. And it seems in tthis dsy and age (2017) that being able to trust the police to ‘PROTECT AND SERVE’ is a rarity. …
    When school officials, CPS people, or the cops come knocking, a parents instinctive reaction is to cooperate, even if the visit seems intrusive and unnecessary. THESE “officials” DO NOT TELL PARENTS THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO LET THEM IN, AS WELL AS THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO SPEAK TO THEM AT ALL. And refusing IS THE BEST CHOICE PARENTS CAN MAKE!
    *** IF THESE “officials” COME KNOCKING AND DONT OR WONT PRODUCE A WARRANT, simply DO NOT ANSWER THE DOOR. ***
    They are not their to give you a good-housekeeping award.
    THESE “officials” ARE LOOKING ONLY TO GATHER EVIDENCE AGAINST PARENTS, AND IN TURN, RIP OUR FAMILES APART.

  2. The fewer kids in the “public schools”, the fewer dollars they get from the feds.
    As always; follow the money.
    Of course, the do like to have control.

  3. “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” – Ronald Reagan

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