District of Columbia Compulsory Education Laws
|Code Section||38-201, et seq.|
|Age at Which School Attendance is Required||Between 5 and 18|
|Exceptions to Attendance Requirements||Child obtained diploma; if 17 and lawfully employed, school hours may be flexible|
|Home School Provisions||Regular attendance in an independent school; private or parochial instruction|
|Penalties on Parents for Noncompliance||Misdemeanor; 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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