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I've been reading a lot about homeschooling and I think I'm ready to work on a plan to pull dd out of public school.

My question is - what's the usual order of events? (Or perhaps it varies greatly depending on the state?)

Once I submit a letter of intent and ed plan to the superintendent, can I stop sending her to school? Or do I need to wait for official approval? From what I've researched online it looks like I can just start homeschooling once I submit my paperwork...?
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From what I understand you are correct. Once all the paperwork has been submitted you are free to remove your child.
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Once I submit a letter of intent and ed plan to the superintendent, can I stop sending her to school? Or do I need to wait for official approval? From what I've researched online it looks like I can just start homeschooling once I submit my paperwork...?
Probably - but each state has its own specific laws, so I'd definitely check those. You can find yours on this page: Homeschool Laws & Legalities - look over in the left hand column for your state's name. Then, at the bottom of the page on its legalities, you can click to a link that goes to a lot more information about homeschooling in that state beyond just the legalities - articles, events, groups, etc. - Lillian
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You can also go to the Massachusetts Home Learning Association's website (if the location you listed is still correct) because as Lillian pointed out things do vary widely from state to state.
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You can also go to the Massachusetts Home Learning Association's website (if the location you listed is still correct) because as Lillian pointed out things do vary widely from state to state.
Oh - duh. I hadn't noticed the Massachusetts location listed under Kamilla's name! Interestingly enough, that's the same resource the one I gave links to for legalities info, whereas it ordinarily links to several. And after you check there, you can find out more about Massachusetts homeschooling on this page. - Lillian


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Hi, I agree about checking out the websites, or even calling your superintendent's office to double check, unless you sent the letter of intent by certified mail? I think if you did and received the receipt that they got it, you should be ok.

I am in eastern MA and did this over the summer, I got the receipt back first and then received the approval letter from the superintendent a week or so later

I still got a phone call the other day that ds was absent lol (they started school last week)
I called the school and explained and they said ok no problem, they'd make a note [they just aren't organized yet, basically]

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pp are right, you will have to check with your state. for me, i put the letter in the mail on Monday, and sent DD to school to drop off her library books, and get the money out of her lunch account. i picked her up on Monday afternoon, and she has not been back. Tuesday morning i called the school, just to let them know that she would not be back, and that her letter was on its way to the central office! it was easy and fast, and we start class tomorrow! im so excited, and so is DD!
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