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New DoD Public School Attendance Policy

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Children attending public schools at military installations will be subject to similar attendance policies at other public schools, the Pentagon’s education agency said Tuesday.

The Department of Defense Education Activity is implementing a system-wide attendance policy this school year for DoDEA schools around the world.

All students will be required to attend school for 180 instructional days per school year, in line with many other public school districts.

Absences will be excused for, among other reasons, personal illness, health appointments, serious illness or death in the student’s family, religious holiday or college visits that cannot be scheduled on non-school days.

The policy also seeks to consider military parents’ requests for excused absences related to the military lifestyle, such as deployment or moves. Military families will have time to spend together following deployment.

“We want to tighten up on discretionary leaves and absences,” DoDEA Acting Director Marilee Fitzgerald said, according to AFPS. “We understand children will leave early when moving, and understand that a parent will be deployed and children will want to spend time with parents pre-or post-deployment.”

The policy will be reviewed in May 2012 and could be revised based upon an analysis of community and school feedback.

Click here to view the full attendance policy.

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