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I remember it like it was yesterday. I saw the car pull up, a man get out. I recognized him. He was a high school acquaintances father. He was also the local truancy officer.
My heart dropped. I felt sick. Questions began filling my head.
Why was he here?
What did he want?
What should I do?
I grabbed my phone and my wallet. .I was ready to call for help if needed. Then, I opened the door.
I immediately said “I have my papers; I am not sure how I can help you?”
He looked at me shocked, “I think I am at the wrong house, I am looking for …” he named off a neighbor and apologized.
We small talked for a minute, and then he left. My heart quit thumping and I was able to breathe.
I learned something that day; actually I learned a few things.
I really am fearful of my homeschooling freedoms
As soon as I saw that car pull up I began to fear. Even though I knew the officer. Even though I knew I wasn’t doing anything wrong, I was fearful. What does that say about our freedoms in this country? What does it say about my faith in these freedoms? The truth of that is scary.
I am SO thankful for HSLDA
If I had not been a member of HSLDA that day I don’t know what I would have done. The fact that I was a member and I knew I could call at a moment’s notice gave me a small amount of peace. If you are not a member, I encourage you to consider becoming one today (no, I am NOT getting paid to tell you that 😉 ).
I am grateful that I am OCD
Bear with me here, I am super organized. Like to the point of OCD when it comes to our homeschooling paperwork. I grabbed my binder that day and was ready to show that officer that I was legal. I had my approval papers (yes, in Ohio you have to have approval). I had record of my hours and days as well as a print out of my curriculum. If there had been any question, and if I hadn’t been a member of HSLDA I had records in that binder that showed I was doing what I was “supposed to be”.
Moms, as sad as it may be, we NEED to be ready in case this happens. The day the truancy officer knocked on my door was scary. But, what is scarier is that this is happening nationwide for reasons that have no bearing.
If you Google homeschool parents questioned, or homeschool freedoms threatened you will see case after case of parents who have had authorities called on them for absolutely no reason.
If you take a look at HSLDA’s website, or their monthly magazine you will see numerous cases where they have been fighting for parents rights to homeschool. Parents JUST like us! Who were doing their job when they had an officer called on them.
Because of this and because of cases like this one in my state, I have become more and more aware of the legal battles going on now in regards to homeschooling. I have taken a more active role in politics, and I want to make sure that homeschooling is still an educational option when my children have children.
So, moms if a truancy officer knocks on your door, don’t be afraid (easier said than done I know!). But try to stay calm and don’t let them scare you! Be prepared, have your records easily accessible and if you haven’t kept them begin doing so today!
Consider a membership in HSLDA. The cost is as little as $10 a month and believe me you will be so grateful for it if God forbid you ever have to make that call.
Fight for your homeschool rights! Become an active participant in homeschooling laws in your state and in the country. Know what the politicians running for office think about homeschooling. Don’t assume that others will fight this fight for you. Be diligent and be aware!
What would you do if a truancy officer knocked on your door?