2001 – Sample Reply Letters to School Boards

Historical Archive - These sample letters were provided by the OFTP before Policy/Program Memorandum No.131 was developed and released. They were to be used as templates by Ontario homeschoolers in the event the school board attempted to conduct an investigation. The second one is similar to the PPM131 sample Letter of Intent. The first one could still be used today in response to a school board's attempt to investigate, if the parents wished to be reasonably cooperative but without complying with the unreasonable request that they fill out much more detailed questionnaires like the sample PPM131 provides in Appendix D.

Here are two sample letters, one of which could be used by you in response to a school board's request to fill out its home schooling registration forms.

It is STRONGLY recommended that you copy these in your own handwriting, filling in the personal data that is indicated in RED. DO NOT COPY the material in RED but rather use it to formulate your own information in these areas.


Response Letter to School Boards (Sample #1)

This is to inform you that I am/we are exercising my/our right to home educate (child's name and date of birth) as permitted under Section 21(2)(a) of the Education Act which states that a child is "excused from attendance at school" if he or she is "receiving satisfactory instruction at home or elsewhere". Since I am/we are educating my/our child independently of the school board, I am/we are taking full responsibility for the education of my/our child.

I/We understand that I am/we are not legally obligated to follow your policies regarding homeschooling. However, in order to demonstrate the seriousness with which I am/we are undertaking child's name's education, and as a courtesy to you, I/we will furnish you with the following information regarding our home education program.

(a) I/We will initially be evaluating (child's name)'s abilities to determine the level at which he/she is functioning comfortably in various subjects including, but not limited to, language arts and mathematics.

(b) I/We will select appropriate curriculum from the excellent resources available to homeschooling families.

(c) I/We will implement the selected materials in a way that will ensure progress is made in all subject areas.

(d) I/We will observe and evaluate (child's name)'s abilities and progress using a diagnostic/prescriptive approach on a regular basis.

You could follow this up with a list of any outside classes (music, dance, whatever) any hobbies or interests, any field trips planned, any outside resources available, library use, etc. Perhaps you should add something about record keeping and samples of the child's work as was mentioned previously. We also think mentioning joining a local support group as well as OFTP is valuable. Here is a sample of what you might write:

Outside classes we intend to participate in:

(e.g. piano, ballet and a summer computer camp)

Hobbies and interest we will pursue as enrichment activities:

(e.g. drawing, painting, gardening)

Outside resources available to us:

(e.g. library, local museums, local community centre, professional resource centre, etc.)

Membership in community organizations:

(like Scouts, Brownies, dance classes, etc.)

Other support:

(e.g. internet resources, local homeschool support group which provides a lending library, activities such as swimming, gymnastics and field trips for the children as well as monthly support meetings for the parents. Also, OFTP and/or HSLDA memberships. Membership in any e-mail loops, homeschooling forums, etc.)


Response Letter to School Boards (Sample #2)

Use this letter if you want to give only a minimum, strong response.

This is to inform you that I am/we are exercising my/our right to home educate (child's name and date of birth) as permitted under Section 21(2) of the Education Act which states that a child is "excused from attendance at school" if he or she is "receiving satisfactory instruction at home or elsewhere". Since I am/we are educating my/our child independently of the school board, I am/we are taking full responsibility for the education of my/our child.