Friday, April 28, 2017
ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCES
It's The Law!
Compulsory School Attendance
By law, children up to age 16 must come to school. Your child can't succeed in school if he doesn't attend regularly. Too many absences could affect your child's academic performance and prevent your child from moving on to the next grade. The threshold of absences which generates a letter of notification is five (5) in total, excused or otherwise. Under law, parents may be prosecuted if children don't attend school.
Is a student over age 16 allowed to quit school without parent permission?
No. When a student reaches 16 years of age he/she is no longer required to attend school if he/she files the required formal declaration of intent to terminate school enrollment with the school district and the declaration is signed by the parent. The declaration must acknowledge that leaving school will likely reduce the student's earning potential. The school district is required to notify the child's parent or legal guardian that the student has filed a declaration of intent to leave school.