COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE

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Policy No. 3121

Parents of any child eight years of age and under eighteen years of age shall cause such child to attend school and such child shall have the responsibility to and therefore shall attend for the full time when such school may be in session unless the child is enrolled in an approved private school, an educational center as provided in chapter 28A.205 RCW or is receiving home-based instruction. Parents of any child six or seven years old, who have enrolled the child in school, shall cause the child to attend school for the full time when such school may be in session, unless the child is formally withdrawn from enrollment by the parents.

Exception may be granted by the superintendent in the following circumstances:

The student is physically or mentally unable to attend school;

The student is attending a residential school operated by the Department of Social and Health Services;

The student’s parents have requested a temporary absence for purposes agreed to by the district and which will not cause a serious adverse effect on the student’s educational process;

The student is sixteen years of age, regularly and lawfully employed and either has parent permission or is emancipated pursuant to chapter 13.64 RCW;

The student has met graduation requirements;

The student has received a certificate of educational competence (GED).

Any law enforcement officer authorized to make arrests can take a truant child into custody without a warrant and must then deliver the child to the parent or to the school.

The district shall not require enrollment for either (a) a minimum number of semesters or trimesters or (b) a minimum number of courses in a semester or trimester which exceeds the enrollment time or courses necessary for a student to meet established course, credit, and test requirements for high school graduation.

Cross References:      

  • Board Policy  3114                       Part-time, Home-based, or Off-campus Students
  • Board Policy  3122                       Excused and Unexcused Absences

Legal References:       

  • AGO 1980 No. 6                          Truancy — Enforcement of compulsory attendance law
  • RCW  28A.225.010,                     Attendance mandatory — Age — Persons having custody shall cause child to attend public school — When excused
  • RCW  28A.225.080                      Employment permits
  • RCW  28A.225.090                      Penalties in general — Defense-Suspension of fine — Complaints to court
  • WAC  180-51-020                        Additional local standards

 

Adoption Date:  April 28, 2003

Blaine School District

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