School Withdrawal Steps

Withdrawing from Public School:

Before withdrawing your child from public school there are four important steps to follow. If the appropriate steps are not followed, the school will most likely assume that your child is truant.

First, familiarize yourself with Illinois laws that apply to homeschools:

Illinois Homeschool Laws

Second, write a letter to withdraw your child from the public school. See sample withdrawal letters:

Letter of Transfer From Public School to Private Homeschool

Letter of Withdrawal From Public School

Print at least two copies of your letter, one for the school’s permanent records and one for your own permanent records.

Third, deliver the letter to your child’s school in one of these three ways:

If you mail or fax your letter, staple the receipt to your letter copy for your records. The receipt proves that the school received your letter. If the school loses your paperwork, you will be able to prove your official transfer.

Please note that verbally telling a teacher/secretary/principal of your intent to homeschool is not generally seen as officially withdrawing your child from school. If the school does not receive written notification from you, you run the risk of being reported to the truancy officer.

Fourth, on your homeschool letterhead, request a “certified copy” of your child’s records and mail it to your child’s school “return receipt requested” as above. This letter must be written within 14 days of your child’s withdrawal. See our sample letter. Staple the receipt to your copy of the letter.


What if I have already withdrawn my child from public school without following these steps?

What if I am contacted by the school?

What if I am withdrawing my child from a private school?