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Home Education

Please refer to the links below for Eastern Lancaster County School District’s School Board policies regarding the districts home education programs procedures and guidelines set by the Home Schooling Law, Act 169 and Pennsylvania School Code.  

 
Affidavits and related files that apply to home school families as well as links to informational websites are also provided below. Any questions related to the Home Education program be directed to the District Office at (717) 354-1117 or homeschool@elanco.org
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Home Education Approval Procedures:

 

Prior to the Start of the School Year:

 

 1)    A child’s parent or guardian must file a notarized affidavit along with education objectives and required immunization and health records with supporting documents to:

 

Eastern Lancaster County School District Office

Assistant Superintendent/Attn: HomeSchool

669 E. Main St., PO Box 609

New Holland, PA 17557

 

Affidavit forms are available for pickup at the District Office or can be downloaded below.

**A separate affidavit should be completed and filed for each child participating in home school instruction by August 1 of each year home schooling is requested.**

 

2)    In addition to the notarized affidavit, the following attachments must be included:

 

    • Educational objectives for each subject for each student
    • Evidence of immunization (Records or a Letter from Physician) or religious exemption
    • Health/Medical services (Records or a Letter from Physician) or religious exemption (upon initial entrance, Grades 6 and 11)
    • Dental services or religious exemption (upon initial entrance, Grades 3 and 7)
    • Evidence that the supervisor possesses a high school diploma or equivalent (Only needs to be submitted when initially enrolling into the Home Education Program)
 

Children enrolled in grades 3, 5, and 8 must have results of an approved achievement test administered by an appropriate evaluator.  **Parents or guardians may request to have their child take the state PSSA test with the District enrolled students by contacting the District Office before September 30th.**

 

3)    It is required that home schooled children with a disability have the proposed program reviewed and approved by a clinical psychologist or a certified special education teacher.  (See sample form below.)

 

4)   The supervisor will receive a letter from the District Office verifying your program has been approved by the school district.

 

End of the School Year:

 

5)    Throughout the school year, the supervisor must maintain a portfolio of student work.  The portfolio shall be evaluated at the end of each year by a clinical or school psychologist or appropriately certified teacher, i.e. teacher holds PA Teacher Certification in the appropriate subject areas

 

6)   The annual evaluation conducted by licensed or certified evaluator must be submitted for each student byJune 30th to the Assistant to the Superintendent Office.  The evaluator’s written evaluation based on a review of the portfolio and interview of the child, and any achievement tests shall certify whether or not an appropriate education is occurring.  **Evidence of evaluator certification must be submitted along with evaluation, if not previously provided.**

NOTE: Portfolios and achievement test no longer need to be submitted to the school district for review.

 

7)   The supervisor will receive a letter from the District Office verifying the submission of each student’s evaluation once all required documentation is received.

 

 

DUE DATES:

August 1st – Notarized affidavit with appropriate paperwork.

September 30th – Request for participation in PSSA testing through the school district.

June 30th – Evaluation of education program from licensed or certified evaluator.

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CONTACT:

Eastern Lancaster County School District

District Office

Attn: HomeSchool

669 E. Main Street, P.O. Box 609

New Holland, PA 17557

(717) 354-1117

homeschool@elanco.org

 

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Update from the Pennsylvania Department of Education regarding Homeschool Education for the 2019-2020 school year:
  • The requirement for homeschooled students to complete standardized assessments is waived for the 2019-20 school year.
  • Act 13 of 2020 waives the annual evaluation and required evaluator certifications for homeschool students for the 2019-20 school year. Act 13 specifically waives the following requirements:
      • An annual written evaluation of the student's educational progress as determined by a licensed clinical or school psychologist or a teacher certified by the Commonwealth or by a nonpublic school teacher or administrator (24 P.S. § 1327.1 (e)(2)); and
      • An evaluator's certification stating that an appropriate education is occurring for the school year under review shall be provided by the homeschool supervisor to the superintendent of the public school district of residence by June 30 of each year (24 P.S. § 1327.1 (h.1)).
  • The 180 days of instruction requirement has been waived for homeschooled students.  Homeschool supervisors are strongly encouraged to provide as much instruction as possible before the end of the 2019-20 school year.  Supervisors are encouraged to use as many digital resources as possible while following social distancing guidelines.
For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.