Oklahoma homeschool parents, Don’t forget to notify your child’s school principal, or district, your intent to homeschool if you have not already!
Your child’s local school, or school district need to be absolved the responsibility to educate your child. Oklahoma is the only state that guarantees the right to homeschool in their constitution and in my opinion is the state with the freest homeschool laws. However, do not forget to notify your child’s local school your intent to homeschool.
Intent to Homeschool
The new school year is about to begin for many schools here in Oklahoma. In fact, our local school is starting their new school year next week. It is important to remember that if you have moved to a new school, or are homeschooling your child for the first time, you need to notify your local school your intent to homeschool. They need to be notified they are no longer responsible for your child’s education and attendance.
Earlier this Summer I had created an entire letter of intent to submit to our local school for each of my children. However, they would not accept my letter and required me to sign one of their own for each of my children for their records. If you have not already done so, call your school to find out what they need from you. They may have you sign a form like I did, instead of submitting your own letter of intent to homeschool.
After signing the documents at our local school, the principal signed off and we have both physical copies as well as pdf files of our intent to homeschool.
The paper I signed for our local public school was short and to the point. I signed agreeing that I have decided in the best interest of my child, to no longer pursue education at that school and that the educational responsibility is now mine. They also included in this document that they are no longer responsible in following the guidelines of Compulsory Attendance Law , Section 192, of the School Laws of Oklahoma.
Let me remind you, Oklahoma is the only state that guarantees the parent the right to homeschool in their constitution.
Oklahoma law exempts students for whom “other means of education are provided”, like homeschool, from compulsory school attendance. To read more on the Oklahoma homeschool laws, you can visit the Oklahoma State Department of Education website for more information.
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