St. Thomas Aquinas Academy greatly appreciates the assistance that Home School Legal Defense Association offers to home educators. One of the recommendations to advise our members is to enroll with HSLDA. As there is a membership fee for enrollment, STAA offers a discount code for $20 off each family's membership fee to HSLDA. The discount code is #299911. Please use this on the HSLDA website on the enrollment form.
Good Afternoon To All! I wanted to send an update that came to me from Homeschool Legal Defence Association. They wanted me to pass this information on to everyone who participates in a homeschool option program run by your local school districts that you are relinquishing some of your rights as a homeschooler.
Two rights you relinquish are:
1. Your right to keep a social worker or police officer/deputy sheriff from speaking to your children privately. As a homeschooler here in Colorado if a social worker or police official comes to your home questioning your homeschooling, you reserve the right to tell the social worker or officer that they may speak to your lawyer from HSLDA, and you would remain in the room with your children the entire visit. BUT if you participate in an options program, these officials reserve the right to speak to your children privately and HSLDA may not be able to intervene.
2. Your right to not participate in standardized testing. Currently as a homeschooler in Colorado you are asked to test your children in 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11 th grades. The results of those tests are held by your family in your home records. If you participate in homeschool option programs run by your school district or any government funded program, they reserve the right to have your child participate in standardized testing at any time regardless of the odd year clause in the homeschool law. Again, this is a right that the options programs reserve for their students, and HSLDA may not be able intervene.
Just wanted to bring these to your attention as we begin the very preliminary preparation for our next school year. Please feel free to contact me with any question.
Dear Homeschool Families,
We are writing to ask you to take immediate action to oppose HB 19-1312 School Immunization Requirements.
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HSLDA has stated that "HB 19-1312 would impose significant and unreasonable burdens on all families in Colorado relating to the reporting of exemption or compliance with immunization regulations. The bill would also affect all homeschoolers regardless of whether they seek an exemption from immunization."
Although CHEC neither encourages nor discourages parents from immunizing their children, we oppose all attempts by the state to interfere with parents deciding what is best for their children especially when the state seeks to require burdensome paperwork or create databases to track its citizens.
Below is a list of what you need to do to oppose this bill. This is time sensitive and WE HAVE HOURS TO ACT.
God help us!
CHEC Executive Director
CHEC Homeschool Legislative Liaison
This is vital no matter where your kids go the school! Please pray AND contact your legislators.
To take action on this issue, click on the link below:
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The link above no longer works, but you can still read about HB 1032 here: www.afa.net/activism/action-alerts/2019/colorado-lawmakers-want-to-teach-your-kids-this-take-action/
After much consideration of a new logo design and part of the updating of everything, a graphic designing friend updated our STAA logo and came up with design for our school. Hope you all like it and please feel free to share any feedback about the design.
Good Evening, Everyone. I hope and pray that the summer is proving to be a restful and enjoyable time with your families.
As we are gearing up for another school year nearly one month away or sooner or maybe a little bit later for some, I thought I would place this wonderful overview of the Colorado State Law onto the website for everyone to review. The link below is to the Christian Home Educators of Colorado who have made a helpful brief chart to review what it takes to home educate legally in our state. Please click the link below and scroll down to Line 5 titled, "Knowing How to Prepare and Follow the Law".
Please feel free to drop me a note through this website or you can email me directly at email@example.com.
God Bless and Happy REST of your summer. (notice the emphasis on Rest! 😊)
PS> For anyone who has not sent in last year's (2017-18) attendance forms, please do not panic. Just do your best to send them to me before the end of August. This allows us to stay on track for each school year's attendance. Thanks everyone.