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    If Contacted by a Government Official

    While homeschooling is legal, it is often misunderstood. If contacted by any government officials we suggest the following guidelines:  

    * Remain courteous and ask for reason of call/visit. 

    * Although you have nothing to hide, do NOT invite the official in.  This is not rude, it is prudent.  

    * Do NOT offer any information beyond the fact that yes, you are homeschoolng your children.  

    * Ask for the official's name and phone number and advise that you or your lawyer/representative will contact

    him/her and will be happy to answer his/her questions at his/her office or at an agreed upon place, other than within the privacy of your home. 

    An accusation solely of educational neglect does not constitute an emergency and you have the right to maintain the privacy of your home and may follow our guidelines above.   However, if there is an investigation due to a child abuse emergency report, the public official responding to the report does have the obligation to investigate and you may want to call a legal representative. 
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