My question involves education law in the State of: Virginia
I have a child that currently attends middle school in Virginia. Next [ school ] year, the child will transfer to high school.
I recently received a letter in the mail that states:
I had doubts about this requirement and researched on my own whether state law contained this requirement...I found that the Virginia Legislature, indeed, passed a law during the 2007 legislative session that does require a birth certificate be presented for various reasons.Beginning with the new school year in September 2009, the state of Virginia required that when new students are enrolled and entered into school data bases, students names must be entered exactly as listed on his/her birth certificate thus helping to eliminate duplication of students and incorrect documentation of student data. As your child was enrolled before this new mandate we are asking that you please bring us your child's original birth certificate, by May 29, so we can verify information in his/her file and ensure our records are absolutely correct before we send your child's cumulative file to the high school at the end of the year.
I spoke with the school administrator who explained the reasons for requesting the birth certificate were to ensure that student records were accurate throughout their enrollment in public schools. The administrator went on to say that if I were unwilling to provide the birth certificate, that the Superintendent of the school system would not pursue it any further. This seems contrary to what the Code of Virginia allowed for.
Obviously, according to state law, I am required to provide the birth certificate to the school system. However, I question the intent and motive behind the code. Is it constitutionally permitted for the Commonwealth of Virginia to have this requirement? It almost seems to be an invasion of privacy...or maybe even that the Commonwealth doesn't trust the citizens to accurately enroll their children into the public school system.