Missouri Withdrawal Letter

Officially Withdraw Your Child

If your child is already attends a Missouri public school and you would like to begin homeschooling then you must notify the school that you will be withdrawing your child.

Follow these simple steps to officially withdraw your child by letter.

  1. Copy and paste the sample Missouri Withdrawal Letter below in a new document to print.
  2. Enter your personal information in the brackets and print 2 copies (one for the school and one for your records).
  3. Mail a signed copy of your letter by Certified Mail.


Sample Missouri Withdrawal Letter

This sample letter is by Families For Home Education.

Copy and paste the following text into a separate document to print:

[Your Name]

[Your Address]


[Your Superintendent Name and Address]

Dear [Superintendent Name]:

Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 167.031 (RSMo), we have elected to educate [Your child’s Name] at home.

Please forward copies of all records that you have accumulated on our son/daughter to the above address. Include copies of all health records, standardized test results, and all other evaluations, records and reports presently in your files. (Note: This request is made pursuant to the Parental Rights and Responsibility Act of 1974.) Please include a signed, “date received” (stamped or hand-notation by signer) copy of this letter so our records will be complete.

We realize that you have statutory responsibility for the investigation of cases of suspected truancy regarding public school students. Therefore, this letter is being sent to release the public school system from that responsibility.

It must be pointed out, however, that this letter shall not be construed to be a “declaration of enrollment” or registration, which is an option contained in Chapter 167.042 (RSMo), nor are you permitted to include our child(ren) as part of your student count for the purpose of obtaining state or federal money.

Thank you for your attention in this matter. If you have any questions, please submit them to us in writing.


[Your Signature]

P.S. You can find the relevant Missouri Statutes, 167.031, 167.042, 167.061, 167.071 and 210.167 RSMo on the web at: http://revisor.mo.gov/main/OneSection.aspx?section=167.031&bid=8299&hl=

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Signature of School Official Received By                      Date Received

Printed Name of School Official