8320 – Compulsory Attendance Ages


Any child who will reach six years of age prior to January 1 of the current year and who has not reached eighteen years of age shall meet the requirements of mandatory school attendance. Any such child shall attend the academic program on a regular basis, unless a written request to drop the child from the school rolls is made by the parent, guardian, or other person having charge, control, or custody of the child.

Any child of mandatory attendance age must by law regularly attend a public, private, non-denominational, parochial school, or a combination of such schools not less than the entire school term of the school(s) that the child attends.  This does not apply to a child who has obtained a high school diploma or received a General Equivalency Diploma, completed the program of instruction offered by a non-accredited or non-approved school, has reached the age of 18, or who is at least 16 years old and whose parent or guardian has signed a notarized release discontinuing the enrollment of the child.

Excusal from the "full?time" requirement of the compulsory education law can be granted by the superintendent, or designee, for a child between 14 and 16 years of age having completed the work of the eighth grade when legal employment due to necessity has been obtained by the student and such a request has been made by a parent/guardian.

Discontinuation of Enrollment

The parent/guardian of any child may request discontinuation of enrollment in the Grand Island Public Schools for the following reasons:

  1. child has reached the age of sixteen years and such child’s parent or guardian has signed a notarized release discontinuing the enrollment of the child on a form provided by the school;
  2. (1) child will reach six years of age prior to January 1 of the then-current school year, but will not reach seven years of age prior to January 1 of such school year,  (2) parent or guardian has signed an affidavit stating that the child is participating in an education program that the parent or guardian believes will prepare the child to enter grade one for the following school year, and (3) such affidavit has been filed by the parents or guardian with the school district in which the child resides
  3. (1) child will reach six years of age prior to January 1 of the then-current school year but has not reached seven years of age prior to January 1 and the child will participate in a non-accredited or approved private, denominational, or parochial school pursuant to NE Rev Stat 79-1601

Policy 8320.1-Guidelines for Discontinuation of Enrollment

Minimum Age

A child shall be eligible for admission into kindergarten at the beginning of the school year if the child is five years of age or will be five years of age on or before July 31 of the calendar year in which the child is seeking admission begins.  The Grand Island Public Schools may admit a child who will reach the age of five years on or after August 1 and on or before October 15 of such school year if the parent or guardian requests such entrance and provides an affidavit stating that (i) the child attended kindergarten in another jurisdiction in the current school year; (ii) the family anticipates a relocation to another jurisdiction that would allow admission within the current year; or  (iii) the child has demonstrated through a recognized assessment procedure approved by the School Board that the child is capable of carrying the work of kindergarten. The parents or legal guardian shall furnish proof of birth, physical and visual evaluation, and immunizations at the time of entry.

Legal Reference: Neb. Statute 79-201

Policy Adopted - November 3, 1980
Policy Revised: 10-7-96
Policy Revised  10-14-04
Policy Revised: 11.15.2010
Policy Revised:  01-12-12

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