Important Change in Definition of “Compulsory School Age”
Effective September 26, 2019, all children from the age of six (6) through the age of eighteen (18) must comply with compulsory school attendance requirements. To meet these requirements, parents must ensure that their child between the ages of 6 and 18 is attending or participating in one of the following: a public elementary, middle, or high school; a public charter or cyber-charter school; a private licensed academic or private religious school; home tutoring by a certified teacher; or an approved program of home schooling. Children may be excused from compulsory attendance for documented medical or other compelling reasons as outlined in District attendance policy and procedures.
Given the fact that Home Schooling Affidavits are due to the district prior to the effective date of this law change, guardians of six and seven year olds would not be required to fill out the Home Schooling Paperwork for the 2019-20 school year. This law would go into effect for the 2020-21 school year for that age group only.