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    We'll be homeschooling next year after several years of public school. I remember reading somewhere in my original research about homeschooling that you must submit a letter of intent to homeschool in NJ. Can anyone link me to sample letters, or explain what one should include? Who does the letter go to?

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    I am in NY and we are required to write a letter of intent as well. There should be info on your state's department of education webpage.

    My letter of intent usually goes something like:

    I intend to homeschool my child (enter name) for the 2012-2013 school year.

    And I put my name and address on it, I do NOT put my phone number on it as I want them to have to use the mail or email to contact me.

    With that said I don't know what the regulations are in NJ, but again, the state's dept. of education website should have the guidelines.

    I am also a big fan of giving them only what is required by law, and no extra info at all.

    Good luck!
    Shayna

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    We homeschool in New Jersey (Warren County). Here is what our letter said:

    "We are writing to inform you that our children, (name) and (name), will not be re-enrolling at (school) for the coming school year. They will instead be schooled at home. Please remove their names from your records."

    It had the date, our address and our names, both parents signed it. We addressed it to the principal. We hand delivered ours because both my husband and I had done quite a bit of volunteering at the school. We had a 5 minute conversation with the principal and the rest is history.

    Good luck!!
    Homeschooling two DDs since Sept '09.

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    I don't think a letter is legally required in NJ - it is one of the least regulated states when it comes to homeschooling. If you are pulling your children out of school, a letter can eliminate the hassle of someone wondering if you are homeschooling or just not complying with compulsory education laws. I am beginning to homeschool in NY, which may be the most highly regulated state - I have to send in half a dozen documents for each of my kids throughout the school year! Here's wishing us both good luck in this new adventure!
    Amy: Skeptic, seeker, and questioner who became a teacher because I love learning so much.....

    I am just beginning to homeschool my two children, 8 and 5.
    Also an Army wife, but nothing like the TV show. My husband and I love the opportunities we have to show our children the world!

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    We had to do it for Delaware - another one of the least regulated states. It was a very simple process, and we just fill out two forms a year - one stating we intend to continue homeschooling and one for attendance, which is nice. Actually, I don't think I even get the forms anymore, since we've been overseas... LOL Anyway!

    Ours went to a specific person at the Department of Education and said:


    RE: Single-Family Homeschool Registration

    Dear Ms. XYZ:

    Enclosed is our family’s homeschool registration form. We plan to begin homeschooling our son, Gavin (middle name, last name), beginning on September 8, 2008. He turned 5 years old on D.O.B. 2007, and this will be his first school year.

    If you need to contact me, you may reach me by email at (email addy), by telephone at (*sings "8675309"* LOL), or by regular mail.

    I appreciate your time and assistance.

    Sincerely,


    You can give your local Department of Education a call and see if A. There's any specific forms you need to include, like we had in Delaware, B. To whom you should address your letter, and C. What pertinent information they ask you to include.
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    It is not legally required in NJ but if your child was already enrolled, they will be placed on a class roster for next year. Come day 1, you'll get a phone call wondering where your child is. I, personally, think it is disrespectful to not notify them. We may not like the public school here but they are humans beings. I have a neighbor that waited till the first day of school and I even thought that was disrespectful - and odd since one child was going to school and one was staying home, it is not like they were completely blowing off the school. Teachers have set up their classrooms, ordered supplies, etc. expecting the child to be there. Save everyone the extra work and let them know as soon as you are sure.
    Homeschooling two DDs since Sept '09.

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    I homeschool in NJ. If your child has never been enrolled in school you don't have to do anything. If you are removing your child from school then you just need to send a letter to the Superintendent and cc the Principal of the school your child attends. My letter basically said "Effective as of x date child 1 and child 2 will no longer be attending y school. They will be schooled at home."
    Kathy, homeschooling my awesome kids Mister B and Little Miss M
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