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Compulsory Education & Truancy

An integral component in supporting a student's success in academic and life skills is regular daily school attendance.  Utah State law requires parents have their student attend school on a regular basis.    Parents should communicate with their student's school regarding attendance issues, and notify the school when a student will be absent from school.  Students should not be allowed to stay home from school unless they are ill.  Utah law also requires schools to monitor a student's attendance and communicate with the parent or guardian when a non-attendance pattern develops. There may be circumstances when the school will request medical documentation to excuse an absence.

The beginning of the school day establishes a learning climate, thus parents are encouraged to have their student arrive at school on time.  The cooperative efforts of parents and the school will support the success of a child's regular school attendance.

Regular school attendance is mandated by state law.   If there is a question regarding truancy, please contact our department for information on Utah law and guidelines to proceed through the court system.

Ideas for Improving Attendance
Attendance Works is a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance that promotes tracking chronic absence data for each student beginning in kindergarten, or ideally earlier, and partners with families and community agencies to intervene when poor attendance is a problem for students or schools.


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