New D.C. Attendance Policy

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Attendance and Truancy in the District of Columbia:

Attending school is required by law for all students enrolled in the current school year and must attend school every day until they meet high school graduation requirements or reach their 18th birthday.

Per D.C. Law, students must attend 80% of the instructional day. Students will be marked absent if he or she misses more than 20% of the school day.

Under the Attendance Accountability Amendment Act of 2013, consequences for failure to attend school are applied as follows

  • Students will be referred to the Child and Family Services Administration (CFSA) after he or she has accumulated ten unexcused absences.

Missing any part of a school day without a valid excuse is presumed to be an unexcused absence.

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