I am about to submit our official "Declaration of Intent" to the school district. But I am trying to figure out the best way to go about notifying the school and teachers. We are planning on making the switch as of March 3rd. Do I go up to the school, submit a letter, and then try to catch up with the teachers? I don't want to interrupt their day. I know the moment I breathe a word to anyone, everyone will know.
One teacher, in particular, is really great. I want to make it clear to her that she was on our "reasons to stay" list. Is that silly?
Like usmom suggested I would follow the law in your state to stay compliant. If you felt compelled you could certainly send a friendly letter to the nice teacher. I took my DD out 6 years ago and there was nothing touchy/feely about it. I filed paperwork, wrote a letter of intent and we ran like heck. My DD had a horrible ps experience though. Sounds like this is not the case with your family.
Quoting SarahinWA: I understand the legal process - I have to submit a Declaration of Intent to the District Office. I am wondering about the social/touchy-feely aspect of the process.
For the legal process, unless you have to submit the letter in person, I would send it via certified letter. It saved me from the truancy officer that I had legal proof that my letter was submitted appropriately.
For the nice teacher and even the Principal, a nice friendly letter thanking them for all they did for your child (if it can be said sincerely) would be great. Word will get around to the others that you can't be so sincere about.
When I pulled my boys, I took a letter of withdrawl for my youngest, but let my older son finish out the year. There were only a couple weeks left. I had a big argument/ discussion (lol) with the jackass principal and walked out with DS2 and never took him back.
In our state, I wasnt required to file until the next fall.
i did not say anything to anyone at the school. I sent my letter to the district. Their school committe manual says they will respond within 2 weeks. I called after week 2, I got a verbal that I was approved but letters going out were a little delayed. Then I called the school and asked that he be taken off the roster as he is an approved homeschooler. I got the letter a few days later - which is good to have because it can get you discounts sometimes.
as far as the touchy-feely aspect. We had a somewhat confrotational set of parent teacher conferences for the year prior, so I didn't want to really set foot in teh building again! Luckily, our district is aware of the laws and hasnt' given any homeschoolers a hassle as of yet, and seems to jsut ignore us. Uniquely in my situation, my son has a twin sister who still attends the public school. On one occasion the principal greeted me and asked warmly about my homeschooled son. The times I have to go into the building the secretary always asks about him nicely. And I bumped into his teacher from last year at the supermarket and she seemed genuinely nice. I mean, I think they are good people, just misguided in their mission to get kids to pass standardized tests instead of enjoy learning...