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School attendance is required in each state within Germany; only children of parents whose jobs require frequent moves, children who are sick for extended periods, and immigrant children who only stay in the country for short, temporary periods may be exempt. In the first two cases, a public school teacher visits two or three times each week so that education can occur in the home.  Parents who attempt to keep their child out of the required school attendance may be fined, sentenced to prison, or even lose parental authority, although sanctions are different in each state.

Reference: Blok, H. & Karsten, S. (2011). Inspection of home education in European countries. European Journal of Education, 46(1), 146.

Please Note: Since homeschooling regulations change periodically and legal interpretations may vary, these data should be verified with legal counsel as well.