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New State Attendance Law

House Bill 1530 was passed during the 2013 State legislative session and amends section 37-13-91 of the Mississippi Code to provide that a compulsory school age child who is absent more than 37% of instructional day must be considered absent the entire day. This means the student must be in school for 63% of the day to be considered present. Parents need to be very aware of this new law. This statue has no provisions regarding the absence being excused or not. It pertains only to the actual time the student is absent from his/her instructional day. Please click the link below for the PDF of the bill signed by the Governor.

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2013/pdf/HB/1500-1599/HB1530SG.pdf

 

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