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What are the health requirements for homeschooled students?

Students in home education programs are required to be immunized in accordance with law and regulations of the Secretary of Health. (24 P. S. 13-1303a and 23 Pa. Code 23.83 - 84) Students in home education programs are also required to receive the health and medical services required for students of the child's age or grade level. Each child of school age must be given an annual vision test, a hearing test and shall be measured and weighed. (Article 14 of the Pennsylvania School Code) Home education families may use the Department of Health’s form to document the child’s receipt of those services (Department of Health School Health Record). Each child must also have a medical examination and a comprehensive appraisal of his or her health at the following times:

  • When beginning the home school program
  • While enrolled in sixth grade
  • While enrolled in eleventh grade
  • When he/she is issued a farm or domestic service permit (A medical examination is not necessary at the above points in time if an examination was obtained within the previous four months.) Also, each child must have a dental examination at the following times:When beginning the home school program
  • While enrolled in third grade
  • While enrolled in seventh grade
  • When he/she is issued a farm or domestic service permit

For more information, call the Office of Counseling and Promotional Standards at 215-400-4810.

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