Compulsory attendance laws are written by each state to require school attendance for children of certain ages. Some states require students to begin school at age 5, many mandate school attendance at age 6, and a few allow children to wait until they are 8 years old. All children must continue education through high school and the age of the student varies by state. Most states also require a certain number of instructional days. Parents are held legally responsible for their children’s school attendance, and can face penalties such as fines or jail sentences if their children fail to meet minimum requirements.
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