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Writing the Letter of Intent

As required by Chapter 18, Article 8 Section 1, Exemption B, subsection (b) of the West Virginia Code, a letter of intent to provide home instruction to children of compulsory age (6-16) must be sent to your county superintendent or board of education when you initiate home instruction. If a child is enrolled in a public school, notice of intent to provide home instruction needs to be given at least two weeks prior to withdrawing your child from public school.

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The Letter of intent must contain the following:
    (a) name and address of any children of compulsary school age to receive home instruction.

    (b) satisfactory evidence that the person providing home instruction has a high school diploma or equivalent and formal education at least four years higher than the most academically advanced child for whom the instruction will be provided.

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Following is a suggested letter of intent. We encourage you to use your own words and, if possible, to have the letter typewritten.

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123 Learning Lane Anytown, WV 29990

August 4, 199x

My county Board of Education
P.O. Box 234
Anytown, WV 29901
Attn: Dr John Doe
Superintendent of Schools

Dear Superintendent Doe,

In accordance with the requirement of Chapter 18, Article 8, Section 1, Exemption B, subsection (b) of the West Virginia Code, we are notifying your office of our intent to home school our children, Happ and Joy. Specifically, their full names and address are:

Happ Ell Lee
Joy Yus Lee

123 Learning Lane Anytown, WV 29990

Instruction will be provided by Mrs. Loving Lee. Enclosed you will find a copy of her high school diploma (or GED, or College Degree) which meets the requirements specified in the code.

You will be receiving a copy of our children's achievement test results or portfolio narratives on or before the thirtieth day of June, as specified in the code.

Sincerely,

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For more information on the West Virginia Code and legalities,
visit Christian Home Educators of West Virginia

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