Wanted to share our withdrawal experience
We notified the State and the Superintendent last week that we were pulling dd. These are some of the only state requirements (the last is that dd have yearly testing.)
I had thought they would notify our ps but they did not, so I sent an e-mail to the principal and cc'd it to my dd's teacher. We had a parent/teacher conference already scheduled for last night, which I opted to keep so I could discuss anything with her ps teacher that might be helpful. The principal opted to be there as well. To be honest, my dh and I were gearing up for a confrontation.
They were curious to know about my decision, but I found them extremely supportive. The principal directed me to a website about the Maine requirements.. which I had already visited but it was nice that she offered it anyway. They also let me know that dd was welcome to come to phys ed, art, and music class at the school as well. Again, I believe this is state law, but it is nice that they mentioned it. They offered to test dd if we would like to make sure she is on track (I'm still considering this but will probably decline). They repeatedly said to contact them if they could help in any way.
I just wanted to share this for anyone who is scared or nervous about dealing with the 'authorities'. I know all states, districts, and individual schools are different, but so far ours has been a very positive experience.