Notifying your School District

photoHere is an explanation from Home School Legal Defense in regards to notifying the school district. Please read carefully since the law has changed.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

We have received numerous inquiries related to a recent homeschool law change in Ohio. Although you are not required to send your notice of intent over the summer we know many do, since, while there is no deadline for notification, we generally suggest that the notification be submitted by the start of school in your district.

Ohio homeschool law (Revised Code Section 3321.04) formerly required homeschool families to notify the “city or exempted village school district or the educational service center.” However, the law has been amended to read that the notification should be sent to the “superintendent of the school district in which the child resides.”

This means that homeschool families who previously notified their educational service centers or county superintendent must now notify their local school district’s superintendent instead. Please ensure you are sending your notification and assessments to the correct address for this coming year.

My friend, Mary Pritchard, (who is going to run for state board of education by the way) sent me a list of superintendents for Butler  and Hamilton Counties. I am including them here for you as a handy dandy reference guide. If you do not live within these counties or school districts, you still send your paperwork to your city’s superintendent. I hope this is helpful as you send your paperwork to the school in August.

Superintendents for Butler County Schools

Edgewood City Schools

Doug Lantz, Superintendent

3440 Busenbark Road
Trenton, Ohio 45067

 

Fairfield City Schools

Mr. Paul Otten, Superintendant

4641 Bach Lane

Fairfield, OH 45014

 

Hamilton City Schools

Janet Baker, Superintendent

533 Dayton Street
P.O. Box 627
Hamilton, OH 45012

 

Lakota Local Schools

Dr. Karen Mantia, Superintendent

5572 Princeton Road

Liberty Twp., OH 45011-9726

 

Madison Local Schools

Curtis Philpot, Superintendent

1324 Middletown Eaton Rd.

Middletown, OH 45042

 

Middletown City Schools

Sam Ison, Superintendent

One Donham Plaza, 4th Floor

Middletown, OH 45042

 

Monroe Local Schools

Dr. Phil Cagwin, Superintendent

500 Yankee Road

Monroe, Ohio 45050

 

New Miami Local School District

Superintendent

600 Seven Mile Avenue

Hamilton, Ohio 45011

 

Ross Local School District

Gregory M. Young

3371 Hamilton-Cleves Road

Hamilton, OH 45013

 

Talawanda City Schools

Kelly Spivey

131 West Chestnut Street

Oxford, OH 45056

 

Superintendents of Hamilton County Schools

Each of these links will have the school’s address listed.

This is not legal advice. I am not a lawyer, nor do I play the part of a lawyer in any capacity. :) If in doubt, call Home School Legal Defense.

5 thoughts on “Notifying your School District

  1. Lisa, I’m glad you’re discussing this topic because I’m a little confused. According the Hamilton County Educational Service Center (where I’ve turned in my notification forms for years), we are still supposed to submit to them because they are working with the school districts. The form on their website indicates clearly that forms are to be turned in to the HCESC:

    1. Parents electing to provide home education need to complete the attached
    form and submit required information as directed in the form.

    2. Completed forms will be mailed thru U.S. Mail or e-mail to the Hamilton
    County Educational Service Center for review.

    3. The status of the notification will be made by HCESC within fourteen
    calendar days of receipt of the application. The parents and local
    superintendent will be notified of the determination in writing.

    It then lists the gentleman at HCESC to whom the forms are to be mailed. So what’s the deal? Are we supposed to submit directly to the superintendent, or to the Ham County Educational Service Center operating on behalf of the district?

    Thanks!!

  2. Hey, Kerry. I am glad you asked! I am asking Mary Pritchard to respond here if she is able. I’ll contact her via phone if I she can’t write something for us here.Thanks so much for posting this information.
    ~Lisa

  3. Hey all!
    Kerry is asking all the right questions!
    The reality is you may be fine just sending your notification to the person HCESC recommends, BUT
    I believe you should contact who you are legally responsible to contact to avoid any confusion..
    That person would be the superintendent of the district where your child would enroll if he was attending public school. Over the years we have begun sending it to the person that the superintendent has delegated their responsibility to, but technically, we are required to notify the superintendent who has been given authority to excuse.
    Last year, I received word from the Ohio ESC Association telling me that my superintendent was no longer responsible to issue excuses from compulsory education. HB 59 seems to remove the county superintendent (ESC superintendent) as the official with the responsibility to issue excuses. (See page 1361, HB 59 at http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText130/130_HB_59_EN_N.pdf)
    With this information, many of the districts have been busy preparing for the coming school year. Here in Butler County, we (at the ESC) have contracted to handle the notifications for of many our local school district. We will process the notification and then forward an excuse to the local superintendent for their signature. We will handle the notifications for many, but NOT all!!
    I expect some home educators from the districts who have not contracted us with will notify us like they have for years, and we will forward it to the correct superintendent.
    On the other hand, I bet some folks who have always notified their city district will notify their city district, but we will have the notifications forwarded to us because, well, we now have a contract to handle the paperwork for them.
    Can you see how confusing it gets?? That is the main reason I recommend you notify the person you are legally responsible to notify.
    I am not sure if Hamilton County ESC has contracts with some of their local schools. ( I know Warren County does.) Your post seems to imply that HCESC has made arrangements with their locals, but I would want the local superintendent’s signature on my excuse- not the county superintendent.
    If I found myself in a position where I was being ask by a judge who I notified, I would want it to be the person who was legally responsible for issuing the excuse. I would want a return receipt as proof that I notified. The 14 days would have started ticking upon their receipt of the notification, and there would be no confusion about whether it was really sent!
    Let the schools deal with ‘their system’ of following their legal responsibilities and let us follow the law for notifying who we should notify. Even if no one means any harm, stuff has a way of happening!
    HTH,
    Mary
    Certified Mama & President, BCESC
    Please tell me everyone is cautious about random forms that may ask for information we are not required to provide!

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