Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
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Attendance and Enrollment1. How is compulsory school attendance defined?
2. Does Florida law specify an age requirement for admission into a public school first grade?
3. Is a student over age 16 allowed to quit school without parent permission?
4. How is a truant defined?
5. How do school districts determine if an absence is excused or unexcused?
6. Is there an exception made for absence due to illness?
7. How are schools required to enforce regular school attendance?
8. What is the minimum attendance requirement for awarding course credit?
9. How are schools using the driver license/school attendance program to encourage attendance?
10. Are a significant number of high school students actually losing their drivers' licenses as a result of too many absences from school?
11. Does compulsory school attendance apply to Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK)?
12. What are the requirements for Florida public school kindergarten admission?
13. If a child turns five years old after September 1, can a waiver be obtained from the Florida Department of Education to allow him to attend kindergarten?
14. Can a child whose birth date is after September 1 who has completed a Florida nonpublic school kindergarten program be admitted into a Florida public school first grade?
15. Is it possible for a student who is enrolled in an out-of-state kindergarten or first grade program and who does not meet Florida's admission age requirements, to transfer and attend kindergarten or first grade in a Florida public school?
Yes. Any student who transfers from an out-of-state public school, and who does not meet regular age requirements for admission to Florida public schools, will be admitted to kindergarten or first grade when certain data are presented. A student who transfers from an out-of-state nonpublic school and who does not meet regular age requirements for admission to Florida public schools, may be admitted if he or she meets the age requirements for the public schools in the state from which he is transferring, and if the transfer of the student's academic credit is acceptable under the rules of the school board.
If a student is transferring from an out-of-state public or nonpublic school, the parents must provide the following data to the school district prior to admission:
- official documentation that the parent(s) or guardian(s) was a legal resident of the state in which the child was previously enrolled in school
- an official letter or transcript from proper school authority which shows record of attendance, academic information, and grade placement of the student
- evidence of immunization against communicable diseases as required in Section 1003.22, Florida Statutes
- evidence of a medical examination completed within the last twelve (12) months in accordance with Section 1003.22, Florida Statutes.(Rule 6A-1.0985(1), Entry into Kindergarten and First Grade by Out-of-State Transfer Students, Florida Administrative Code)
16. What information is required in order to enroll a student in a Florida public school?
17. Can a child who has completed a Florida nonpublic school kindergarten program but whose birthdate (turning six years of age) is after September 1 be admitted into a Florida public school first grade?
18. How can I obtain information on individual school districts?
19. When did the kindergarten cut-off date change to September 1?
20. Is there a set number of hours per day a child must attend a public kindergarten program?
21. Is kindergarten attendance required for a child that turns five before September 1?
22. What does a child need to know before entering kindergarten?
23. What are the age requirements and compulsory school attendance requirements for kindergarten admission in other states?
General Information1. Where can I find correspondence sent from the DOE?
2. Where can I find information about ESE programs?
3. How can I become a teacher in Florida?
4. Where can I find information about my child's teacher?
5. Where can I get information about the FCAT?