1. Definition
  2. Consequences

Minnesota State Statute (120) requires that children attend school from age 7, or upon enrollment in school, until age 18. A student is required to attend school each and every day and every class period. If a student misses a school day, or part of a school day for legitimate reasons, a parent or guardian must notify the school or this could be considered an unexcused absence.

For students that are 12 and older, it is primarily the student's responsibility to attend school, and the parent's/guardian's responsibility to compel their child to attend school. 

Students under the age of 12 are referred for education neglect. Washington County Community Services in partnership with the County Attorney's Office offers a diversion program to try and correct attendance issues before they end up in the child protection or court system.

Review the grey box on the left to select the appropriate diversion program based on your student's age.