• Increase in age for mandatory school attendance

    All leaders

    As of July 1, 2015, Maryland state law requires that all children and youth ages 5 through 17 must attend school regularly. This is an increase in the maximum required age from 16 to 17. Any person who has legal custody, care, and control of children in this age group who fails to ensure that they attend school regularly is subject to a misdemeanor charge in criminal court. Please also note that, beginning July 1, 2017, the maximum required age for schooling will increase from 17 to 18 years.

    The families of all students entering grades 9 to 12 will receive a ParentLink call from the district office during the first week of August, informing them of this change. Informational postcards and flyers will also be distributed at community events over the summer. Schools may request copies of these postcards for distribution. Please use all communications methods at your school (school newsletters, text messaging, social media, upcoming meetings, letters, etc.) to reinforce the message as the school year begins, to ensure that students, families, staff, and partners are aware of this change, and refer to the attendance toolkit for best practices in encouraging strong attendance among all students.