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District of Columbia Compulsory Education Laws

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Code Section38-201, et seq.
Age at Which School Attendance is RequiredBetween 5 and 18
Exceptions to Attendance RequirementsChild obtained diploma; if 17 and lawfully employed, school hours may be flexible
Home School ProvisionsRegular attendance in an independent school; private or parochial instruction
Penalties on Parents for NoncomplianceMisdemeanor; at least $100 fine or prison up to 5 days or both per offense or community service in the alternate; One offense is the equivalent of missing 2 full-day sessions or 4 half-day sessions in one month; failure to enroll child is also offense

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