District of Columbia

Code Section
38-201, et seq.

Age Requirements
Between 5 and 18

Exceptions
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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