PRINTER'S NO. 4623
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
2974
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY ZIMMERMAN, TOEPEL, GREINER, BERNSTINE, RYAN, COX,
MILLARD, FEE, DAVANZO, KAUFFMAN, GLEIM AND KEEFER,
NOVEMBER 19, 2020
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION, NOVEMBER 19, 2020
AN ACT
Amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), entitled "An
act relating to the public school system, including certain
provisions applicable as well to private and parochial
schools; amending, revising, consolidating and changing the
laws relating thereto," in school safety and security,
providing for nonpublic school exemption.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. The act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known
as the Public School Code of 1949, is amended by adding a
section to read:
Section 1314-B. Nonpublic school exemption.
(a) Exemption for nonpublic school.--Notwithstanding any
other provision of law, for the 2020-2021 school year, a
nonpublic school or home education program in this Commonwealth
shall be exempt from the requirements of any declaration by the
Governor of disaster emergency under 35 Pa.C.S. § 7301(c)
(relating to general authority of Governor) or any order by the
Secretary of Health under the laws of this Commonwealth.
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(b) Definitions.--As used in this section, the following
words and phrases shall have the meanings given to them in this
subsection unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Home education program." As defined in section 1327.1.
"Nonpublic school." A nonprofit school, home school group,
one-room school, church school or school other than a public
school in this Commonwealth wherein a resident of this
Commonwealth may legally fulfill the compulsory school
attendance requirements of Article XV and which meet the
requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Public
Law 88-352, 42 U.S.C. § 2000 et seq.).
Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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