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The Compulsory Attendance Law

Section 167.031, RSMo, states that any parent, guardian or other person having custody or control of a child between the ages of seven (7) and the compulsory attendance age for the district, must ensure that the child is enrolled in and regularly attends public, private, parochial school, home school or a combination of schools for the full term of the school year.  


Exceptions to the Compulsory Attendance Law

Compulsory Attendance Frequently Asked Questions


Part-Time Public School Enrollment/Attendance


Transportation of Part-Time Students

A parent, guardian or other person having custody or control of a student enrolled part-time must arrange, when necessary, for transportation among the schools in which the student is enrolled with the following exception:

Average Daily Attendance for State Foundation Aid

The portion of the day during which a resident, part-time student is enrolled in and attends public school is counted in the same manner for state aid as any other student.  A student is counted only for the period of time that he/she is in actual attendance at school.


Athletics and other Extra-Curricular and

Co-Curricular Activities

The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) governs student eligibility for participation in many extra-curricular activities.  To be eligible to participate in MSHSAA sanctioned events, MSHSAA requires students in its member schools to be enrolled for a certain number of hours.  Non-MSHSAA extra-curricular and co-curricular activities are governed by local school board policy.