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Compulsory Attendance Ages 6.201

Children between the ages of six (6) and seventeen (17) years, both inclusive, must attend a public or private school.1 A parent/guardian or legal custodian who believes that their child is not ready to attend school at the designated age of mandatory attendance may make application to the principal of the public school which the child would attend for a one (1) semester or one-year deferral in required attendance. Any such deferral shall be reported to the director of schools by the principal. Under certain circumstances, the board may temporarily excuse students from complying with the provisions of the compulsory attendance law.

Any child residing within the state who is or will be five (5) years of age on or before August 15, who makes application for admission, shall be enrolled in the school designated by the board.

If a child will be five (5) years of age on or before September 30, such child's parent(s)/legal guardian(s) may request that the child be admitted into kindergarten. Upon a request, the director of schools shall administer an evaluation and examination. If the results indicate that the child is sufficiently mature emotionally and academically, then the child may be enrolled in kindergarten.  The director of schools shall develop procedures and forms to implement the provisions of this policy.   

No child shall be eligible to enter first grade without having attended an approved kindergarten program.