DEPARTMENT OF PUPIL SERVICES ATTENDANCE 21000 Education Court Ashburn, Virginia 20148 Phone: 571-252-1015 Fax: 571-252-1245 . . Jennifer Wall Student Assistance Services Supervisor Jennifer.Wall@lcps.org . Overview Attendance Services provides direct support to schools to maintain a high standard of attendance within Loudoun County. Attendance Officers are authorized and required to investigate matters pertaining to the attendance of school-aged children within Loudoun County. Attendance Officers deal with complaints in a timely manner to ensure the opportunity for student success and to meet legal requirements. . School Attendance Required . Every child between the ages of 5-18 is required to attend school (public or private), be approved for religious exemption, or receive home instruction, according to the Code of Virginia, §22.1-254. If a parent/guardian believes a child is not ready, the requirements of this section may be alternatively satisfied by sending the child to any public educational pre-kindergarten program, including a Head Start program, or in a private, denominational, or parochial educational pre-kindergarten program. If a parent/guardian wishes to provide home instruction in lieu of school attendance, the parent/guardian must annually notify the Division Superintendent or his/her designee in August of his/her intention and must provide evidence of having met the requirements of state law and a description of the curriculum to be followed for the coming year. Any parent of any school-aged child who does not meet the notification requirements by August 31 of any school year will be subject to other provisions of the state compulsory attendance law. . Regular school attendance is essential if students are to benefit fully from the educational opportunities provided to them. The Virginia General Assembly has recognized the importance of regular attendance by enacting the compulsory attendance law for students under the age of 18. This law requires parents or guardians to see that their children attend school for the same number of days and hours that school is in session and provide penalties for those who fail to comply. . Attendance Officers . Each school is assigned an Attendance Officer who works with students, parents, guardians, and school officials to encourage good school attendance and promote academic success. Attendance Officers are authorized to file petitions with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court when a parent/guardian and/or student are found not to be in compliance with the Compulsory Attendance Law. If court intervention is required, Attendance Officers seek to obtain Judicial Orders for compliance with attendance related matters. The court may take any number of actions, including establishing attendance requirements, imposing additional requirements, which may include community service hours, levying fines, placing students on probation, and suspending driving privileges.
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