5001

Attendance of Students

 


Required Attendance

 

Every person residing in the school district who has legal or actual charge or control of any child who is of mandatory attendance age shall cause that child to regularly attend a public or private school unless the child has graduated from high school or has been disenrolled by the child’s parent or guardian.

 

Mandatory Attendance Age

 

All children who are or will turn six years old before January 1 of the current school year are of mandatory attendance age.  Children who have not turned eighteen years of age are of mandatory attendance age. 

 

Exceptions

 

This policy does not apply when (1) the services or earnings of a child are necessary for his or her own support or the support of those actually dependent upon him or her and the child is fourteen years of age or more and has completed the work of the eighth grade; or (2) when illness or severe weather conditions make attendance impossible or impracticable.

 

A child who will not reach age 7 before January 1 of the current school year may be excused from mandatory attendance if the child’s parent or guardian completes an affidavit affirming that alternative educational arrangements have been made for the child.  A copy of the required affidavit is attached to this policy.

 

Discontinuing enrollment

 

The board will allow any person with legal or actual charge or control of a child who is younger than seven years of age or who is at least 16 years of age to disenroll the child.  The person seeking to discontinue the child’s enrollment shall submit a signed affidavit to the superintendent using the form which is attached to this policy.  The school district, at the discretion of the administration, may require verification of the child’s age and the affiant’s authority to disenroll the child.

 

Attendance Officer

 

The superintendent is designated as the attendance officer for the district.  The superintendent, at his or her discretion, may delegate these responsibilities to any other qualified individual.  The attendance officer is responsible for enforcing the provisions of state law relating to compulsory attendance.  Compensation for the duties of attendance officer is included in the salary for the superintendent or designee. 

 

Adopted on: July 13, 2009

Revised on: _________________________

Reviewed on:  May 12, 2014

Reviewed on March 13, 2016