The Pennsylvania Department of Education released the revised Omnibus School Code in 2020. This applies to both public school and home school children.
With this amended code, there are a few key changes that students and parents should keep in mind regarding attendance and what is considered compulsory school age. In brief:
- Students are now required to attend school from age 6 to age 18
- If a student turns 6 on or before September 1, they must begin school that year
- Students may not withdraw from school prior to the age of 18 (limited exceptions can be found in 24 P.S. §13-1330)
For more information on compulsory attendance, please refer to the Pennsylvania Department of Education's website.