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Notice of intent in Tennessee?

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 3:10 pm
by Mandi
I'd really appreciate some words of wisdom here! Please bear with me this may be long. I'm in Tennessee and have chosen option 3 (my home will be considered a satellite campus of a church related school.) So under Tennesse law, we are not considered homeschoolers, but private school students.

Here is my situation:
Our state deadline for a homeschool registration is August 1 IF (and ONLY IF ) you are registering with the state which we are not.

To make sure they were not expecting my children on the first day of school, I submitted a letter to the public school principal on July 24, stating that effective immediately my children were being transferred to another school and I included our crs's name. 9 days after public school started, my crs requested my children's transcripts. It was then that I found out that the principal never turned my letter in to the records department. They had been counting my children absent. I told the records clerk that I submitted a letter to the principal and she told me that the letter did not mean anything, they could not change a child's enrollment status just on a parent's request. There IS NO registration deadline in Tennessee if you choose option 3. I simply sent the letter so my children would not be counted absent. I have read the law backwards and forwards and cannot find anything that specifically addresses this. I'd really appreciate your help!

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 5:48 pm
by seekingmyLord
It appears to me that the CRS should be the one to handle it.

Here is some info I got at

Withdrawing from School

Usually, when you enroll your child in a new school the new school requests your child's records from the old school. This serves as a notice. However, if you're at all anxious about whether this normal procedure will be done before the old school begins and they will be expecting your child, here is my suggestion to avoid truancy issues. (You should check with your church-related school for their advice on how to deal with notifying the previous school.)

After registering with your chosen church-related school write a formal letter to the school stating that you are transferring "Suzy Jones" to ABC School. Include the new school's contact information. I suggest hand carrying it to the office and noting on your copy of the letter the date, time and the name of the person that accepts the letter.

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 11:46 pm
by Theodore
It's always a good idea to keep evidence that you've delivered your withdrawl. Sometimes the withdrawl mysteriously disappears.

Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:33 am
by Mandi
Thanks for your input. The school did find my letter. The principal had it in his office, he just never botherd to give it to the records clerk! I contacted my crs and they assured me I did nothing wrong. They told me to have the school contact them if they have any questions.

Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:37 am
by seekingmyLord
I am so glad! Thank you for letting us know. I like to keep track of how the homeschool laws work in application in all the states.