Whether you are preparing to homeschool for the first time or you are getting ready for another great year, this affidavit form can be used to indicate that you will be homeschooling in Pennsylvania.
Generally, you must register with your school district prior to commencing homeschooling and each following year by August 1. If your child has never attended public school, you must register with the school district the year he/she attains compulsory attendance age, which is currently eight years old. In the past, this area has caused confusion as to what must be done when a child turns eight during the school year.
Currently, both the PA Department of Education and HSLDA agree that when the child turns eight years old they must be registered with the school district. Not all school districts are requiring this however.
If you withdraw your child from public or private school during the school year and your child is eight years old or older, you must file immediately. If he is younger than eight years old, you can wait until he is eight to file, as long as you have officially withdrawn him from the school. If you fail to do this, the state compulsory attendance statutes (truancy law) would apply, and you could be held accountable and fined for every day of school that it missed. One you file the affidavit and other needed documents, you would officially be homeschooling and the truancy statutes would no longer apply.
If you withdraw your child from public or private school in the summer, and he is eight or older, you need to register with your school district before the start of the public school year and before starting the home education program.
Philadelphia residents: Per HSLDA: School districts of the first class (only Philadelphia) may establish the compulsory school age at no earlier than six. Philadelphia lowered the age to six beginning with the 2008-2009 school year. This change does not apply to children whose parents plan to conduct a home education program for them and file a notice of same with the superintendent of the school district.
View the Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania’s Homeschooling Brief for more information about the Affidavit and Pennsylvania’s Homeschool Law (Act 169).