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Tracking children: Homeschooling rules vary

Posted: 7:43 PM, Nov 30, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-01 01:43:58Z

If a child disappears, the school they attend is required to report that information to the state. However, if a kid is homeschooled it's up to the family to report it.

A 7-year-old boy went missing months ago and no one reported it. 

On Nov. 25, the boy's father, Michael Jones, was arrested at his home in Kansas City, Kan. for child abuse, battery and assault. The same day, police found human remains  inside a barn on the property.   

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The 41 Action News investigators have learned that the boy was homeschooled.

Home Schooling in Kansas 

According to Kansas State Department of Education, Jones is listed as the custodian. It shows The Jones Academy was registered with KSDE on July 17, 2012.

In Kansas, parents are required to register the name and the address of the school. In this case, the school is registered to where the boy lived with his father and step-mother.

The state does not check on children who are homeschooled unless it's to follow-up on a complaint.

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Jessica McMaster can be reached at jessica.mcmaster@kshb.com

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