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Colorado Compulsory Education Laws

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Code Section22-33-104, et seq.
Age at Which School Attendance is RequiredBetween 7 and 16
Exceptions to Attendance RequirementsChild ill or injured temporarily; child attends an independent or parochial school that provides a "basic academic education"; child absent due to a physical/mental/emotional disability; child is lawfully employed; child is in custody of court or law enforcement authority; child graduated 12th grade; child is instructed at home; child is suspended or expelled
Home School ProvisionsParents not subject to "Colorado Education Licensing Act of 1991"; must provide 4 hours of instruction on average a day; must include reading, writing, speaking, math, history, civics, literature, science, and the Constitution; parents must give written notice every year and children shall be evaluated at grades 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11
Penalties on Parents for NoncomplianceAttendance officer designated for enforcement of compulsory education; board of education of each school district shall adopt policies and procedures for habitually truant child

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