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Virginia Compulsory Education Laws

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Code Section22.1-254, et seq.
Age at Which School Attendance is RequiredBetween 5 and 18
Exceptions to Attendance RequirementsEnrolled in private, parochial, or home instruction or taught by qualified tutor; children suffering infectious diseases; children under 10 living over 2 miles from school unless transportation provided within 1 mile; children 10 to 17 living over 2.5 miles from school unless transportation within 1.5 miles; achieved high school diploma; upon recommendation of court; expulsion or other offense
Home School ProvisionsParent must hold baccalaureate degree or be certified teacher or use approved correspondence course or other approved program including standards of board of education for language arts and mathematics; parent must give notice; approved achievement tests or evaluation required
Penalties on Parents for NoncomplianceClass 3 misdemeanor

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