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Pennsylvania Legal Analysis

A detailed analysis of Pennsylvania’s homeschool law.

COVID-19: Update—PA Legislature Waives Testing and Evaluation Requirements

The Pennsylvania Legislature has waived the end-of-year evaluation and testing requirements and the minimum instructional time requirements for homeschooling families this year.

Special Education Provisions for Pennsylvania

Special education provisions for homeschooled students in Pennsylvania.

The Importance of Recordkeeping in Pennsylvania

Here are the records you need to keep for your homeschool in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Withdrawal Form

You can use this form to follow the withdrawal procedure of the Pennsylvania school your child is currently attending.

Pennsylvania Homeschool Affidavit and Notice of Intent

If you plan to homeschool under the first option in Pennsylvania, you'll need to file a homeschool affidavit. If you reside in Philadelphia, file the Notice of Intent.

Jury Duty Laws in Pennsylvania

Here’s what Pennsylvania law says about jury duty exemptions for homeschool parents.

Compulsory School Age in Pennsylvania

Here’s when you need to start following Pennsylvania’s compulsory school law for each of your children.

Public School Access for Homeschoolers in Pennsylvania

Here’s what Pennsylvania law says about homeschool students’ access to public school classes or services.

Child Labor and Work Permit Laws in Pennsylvania

Homeschooling? Here’s what you should know about Pennsylvania’s child labor laws and work permit requirements.

How to Withdraw Your Child from School in Pennsylvania

How to withdraw your child from their current school in Pennsylvania and start homeschooling them.

How to Comply with Pennsylvania’s Homeschool Law

Are you considering homeschooling your child? You can do it! As you get started, it’s important to make sure you comply with the education laws where you live. This page helps you understand how to homeschool legally in Pennsylvania—step-by-step.

COVID-19: Guidance for Pennsylvania Parents of 2019–2020 12th Graders

With homeschool requirements changed due to COVID-19, parents of 12th graders are asking whether they must have their student evaluated prior to graduation.

Pennsylvania Immunization Forms

PA law requires homeschooling parents to submit a record of immunization to school officials. HSLDA members may use one of these forms, either to submit their immunization records or file religious exemption.

Some School Districts Hoarding Students

As educators scramble to adapt to the coronavirus, some parents want to withdraw their children from public school-at-home and start homeschooling. In certain states, officials are saying that isn’t allowed.

Pennsylvania Homeschool Laws

Questions about how to homeschool in Pennsylvania? Start here for a quick overview: homeschooling laws & requirements, compulsory attendance ages, withdrawal, access to sports & special ed. services, recordkeeping, work permits, jury duty . . .

CHAP Convention coming to Lancaster, August 20-22, 2020

Will you be at the 2020 CHAP Convention? Come hear HSLDA attorney Dan Beasley speak—and stop by HSLDA’s booth for a conference-only membership discount and a free Visa gift card drawing!

Update: Changes to Homeschool Requirements in Several States

Lawmakers and other officials have taken action to modify—or even waive—some homeschool requirements, including testing and other forms of assessment. Here’s the latest.

Getting Started: Homeschooling Mid-Year

Hear HSLDA Attorney Peter Kamakawiwoole, Special Needs Consultant Kristy Horner, as they discuss homeschooling and ways to get started mid-year.

How Does HSLDA View Compulsory Attendance?

Join Mike Smith and Dan Beasley as they discuss legislative attempts to lower compulsary attendance ages—and why HSLDA opposes them.
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