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The DC Code: § 38-202 Establishment of school attendance requirements.

Index38 Educational Institutions. (Refs & Annos)
Every parent, guardian, or other person, who resides permanently or temporarily in the District during any school year and who has custody or control of a minor who has reached the age of 5 years or will become 5 years of age on or before September 30th of the current school year shall place the minor in regular attendance in a public, independent, private, or parochial school, or in private instruction during the period of each year when the public schools of the District are in session. This obligation of the parent, guardian, or other person having custody extends until the minor reaches the age of 18 years. For the purpose of this section placement in summer school is not required.
Any minor who has satisfactorily completed the senior high school course of study prescribed by the Board and has been granted a diploma that certifies his or her graduation from high school, or who holds a diploma or certificate of graduation from another course of study determined by the Board to be at least equivalent to that required by the Board for graduation from the public senior high schools, shall be excused from further attendance at school.
Any minor who has reached the age of 17 years may be allowed flexible school hours by the Superintendent of Schools provided he or she is actually, lawfully, gainfully, and regularly employed, but in no case shall he or she be excused entirely from regular attendance or excused to the extent that his or her timely graduation would be jeopardized or prevented.
The Board shall, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2, issue rules to establish requirements to govern acceptable credit for studies completed at independent or private schools and private instruction, to govern the validity of applications for permission to be absent from school, to govern the selection and appointment of appropriate staff members to carry out the provisions of this chapter under the direction of the Superintendent of Schools, pursuant to Chapter 6 of Title 1, and in respect to other matters within the scope of authority of the Board that relates to this subchapter.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 31-402. 1973 Ed., §§ 31-201, 31-202. Effect of Amendments D.C. Law 17-202, in subsec. (a), substituted "September 30th" for ''December 31st". Temporary Addition of Section Section 2 of D.C. Law 17-8 added provisions to read as follows: "Sec. 1a. Establishment of standards for class exclusions and suspensions. "(a) The Board of Education ("Board") shall adopt uniform disciplinary standards: "(1) To determine when class exclusions will be the appropriate disciplinary measure for students; "(2) To promote the education of students in the school, except for those students who may be a danger to the school's faculty, students, or others, where the student was placed prior to disciplinary action, and that prioritize consideration of the student's academic standing, the educational needs of the students, and the number of previous offenses. "(b) The standards adopted under subsection (a) of this section shall include a progressive schedule of discipline which promotes the goal of in-class education for students subject to disciplinary action, beginning with in-class intervention strategies and ending with expulsion as the final and most extreme form of discipline, and to the extent consistent with this progressive schedule, it shall be the policy of the District of Columbia to prefer in-school disciplinary action, except for those students who may be a danger to the school's faculty, students, or others. "(c) The Board shall require a monthly report of disciplinary measures taken by each school regarding class exclusions and suspensions, including the rationale for the particular choice of discipline. "(d) The Mayor shall provide for comprehensive inter-agency collaborative support programs, such as programs offered by the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Human Services, the Child and Family Services Agency, and the Department of Parks and Recreation, to assist the student subject to class exclusion at the school, except for those students who may be a danger to the school's faculty, students, or others, where the student was placed prior to the disciplinary action. "(e) The Mayor shall make resources available to support the programs in subsection (d) of this section within the context of appropriated funds within the budget and financial plan." Section 4(b) of D.C. Law 17-8 provides that the act shall expire after 225 days of its having taken effect. Emergency Act Amendments For temporary (90 day) addition, see § 2 of Class Exclusion Standards Emergency Amendment Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-23, March 22, 2007, 54 DCR 2784). Legislative History of Laws For legislative history of D.C. Law 8-247, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 38-201. Law 17-202 the "Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Amendment Act of 2008", was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No.17-537 which was referred to the Committee of the Whole. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on April 1, 2008, and May 6, 2008, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on May 23, 2008, it was assigned Act No. 17-399 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 17-202 became effective on July 18, 2008. DC CODE § 38-202 Current through December 11, 2012


(Feb. 4, 1925, 43 Stat. 806, ch. 140, Art. I, §§ 1, 2; renumbered as Art. II, § 1 and amended, Mar. 8, 1991, D.C. Law 8-247, § 2(a), 38 DCR 376; July 18, 2008, D.C. Law 17-202, § 604, 55 DCR 6297.)