The Education Improvement Act of 1984 makes regular school attendance compulsory for all children, ages 5 (on or before September 1) to 16, inclusive. A child may be exempt from kindergarten only if the parent/guardian files the “Form to Elect Non Attendance in Compulsory Kindergarten” with the school in his attendance area.
The law requires that school officials immediately intervene when a student has three consecutive unlawful absences, (this means the parent will receive written notification of the absences). Ten or more days absent from school may jeopardize promotion. Since a child cannot adequately make-up missed instruction, we expect regular attendance.
To be counted present, a student must remain in class until 10:00 a.m. Students may be excused from attendance in school with a doctor’s statement.
Frequent tardies or early dismissals constituting absences from the same class or subject does interfere with instruction and may jeopardize promotion to the next grade.