The following is a sample email to send to your school district in order to withdraw your child(ren) from school. Sending this email completes the withdrawal process. It is not necessary to go to the school or to call to the school officials to withdraw your child(ren).
- Copy and paste the text below, providing the appropriate information in the [brackets], and send the email to the principal, counselor and attendance clerk of the school (and anyone else from the school with whom you have had contact). In addition, send a copy of the email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If possible, include the “read receipt” option. Web-based email may not have this option, but some email programs such as Outlook do.
- Email the letter one day, then keep your child home the next day and begin homeschooling.
- If you are already in contact with a local homeschool support group, email a copy to the leader(s) of the group.
If the school subsequently contacts you and says that you must do more (e.g., come to the school office, fill out a form), do not go to the school. Instead, respond by email or mail with a letter of assurance.
Sample Withdrawal Email
(Copy and paste the following text into a new email.)
[Your Address] [Your City, State, ZIP] [Your email address] [Your phone number] [Date]
Principal [Full Name] [School Name] [Address] [City, State, ZIP]
Dear Mr(s). [Principal’s Last Name]:
I am writing to notify you that I am withdrawing my child, [CHILD’S NAME], from enrollment in the [SCHOOL DISTRICT NAME] ISD, effective the date of this letter and will begin teaching [HIM/HER] at home at this time.
According to the Texas Commissioner of Education, it is not necessary for a parent to make an appearance at the school or to complete the school’s withdrawal forms. This letter is adequate notification for you to disenroll my child, [CHILD’S NAME]. The most recent letter from the Texas Commissioner of Education for your instruction in removing my child from your school attendance roll is available to you on the TEA website at tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Correspondence/TAA_Letters/Home_Schools/.
Please reply to acknowledge your receipt of this email as well as to communicate any further questions.
CC: Texas Home School Coalition Association
[Local Support Group]