I'm the head of a Children's Department of a public library and we are revamping some of our policies on teacher loans. As it stands now, anyone can tell us that they are a teacher (public, private, preschool, homeschool) and we give them a teacher loan, which means they can take more material and keep it a lot longer. We like being able to offer this to our teachers and this is a community in which there are LOT of homeschoolers. Unfortunately, we just got burned very badly and had a lot of stuff stolen by people claiming to be teachers but who are not.
We want to begin a process to verify that people are teachers. Easy enough in the public/private schools but more challenging in a homeschool or electronic school setting.
Our understanding is that a traditional homeschooled child should have a letter stating that they are excused from compulsory attendance. If this is the case, would you have a problem providing that information to the library in order for you to get teacher loan benefits?
Anyone participate in an electronic school? ECOT or K12 or one of those? Because they are public schools, they don't really have any proof that they are being educated at home, other than that ECOT (a friend teaches for them and gave me that info) issues IDs. Any thoughts on verification for the parents of these students who are supplementing the educational experience with library materials?
We don't want to deny anyone who educates our young people the opportunity to use this service but we do need to find a way to verify that those who want to take advantage of it really are educators.
If anyone has any thoughts on this or if you've experienced needing to prove you are a homeschooler, I'd appreciate your feedback.