Truancy

Maryland law requires all children between the ages of 5 and 16 who live in this state to attend school unless excused with a lawful absence.

Md Code Education §7–301

An absence is determined in full and half days. A full day is when you are absent more than one hour of the school day. An absence is when you are present one hour or less of the school day. A half-day is when you are present more than one hour and absent more than one hour.

Legal consequences can occur when a student is unlawfully truant from school for any number or portion of days exceeding 20% of the school days within a marking period.

What are some reasons that a student is lawfully absent?

•Death in the immediate family
•Illness
•Suspension
•Court summons
•Hazardous weather conditions
•Observance of a religious holiday

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