1. The obligation of parents and/or guardians to ensure that a youngster is registered as a pupil in a school, starts on the first school day of the month after which he/she turned four years.
2. This obligation will terminate:
a. at the end of the school year in which the youngster has attended one or more schools during at least twelve academic years of complete education;
b. at the end of the academic year in which he or she has reached the age of sixteen and has obtained a start qualification. In the event these youngsters have not obtained a start qualification at that age, the obligation to follow complete education or to follow a combined trajectory of both learning and working will remain in effect until they have either achieved a start qualification or have turned 18 years.
3. Each youngster of school-going age, must be registered in school.
4. Exemption from registration can be requested:
a. if the young child based on psychical or psychological grounds is not capable to be admitted to respectively a school or an institution;
b. if parents and/or guardians have strong objections against the persuasion of education of all schools, respectively institutions, situated within the public entities, all of which at a reasonable distance from the home- or, if they do not have a permanent address,- where the youngster can be placed:
c. if the youngster is registered as a student at an educational institution situated outside one of the public entities and is attending this institution regularly. The school principal is allowed to grant maximally 10 schooldays leave per school year. In the event the leave amounts to more than ten days per school year, the truant officer shall decide the request after having consulted with the school principal. The parents shall submit the request for additional leave at the school principal who thereafter will look at the request himself or will forward it to the truant officer.
Requests for extra vacation, in the case of 10 school days or less, shall be dealt with by the school director himself. Once per school year such a request can be submitted. This request for extra vacation days may never be requested during the first two weeks after the summer holidays. A request for leave for a period of more than 10 days must be requested 8 weeks beforehand by the school directorate. According to the General Administrative Law, anyone who does not agree with a decision, has the right to submit a petition with the entity that promulgated the decision. It is the Director of the school for requests for extra leave of 10 schooldays or less. It is the truant officer if the request concerns leave of more than 10 school days based because of important circumstances.
Leave due to important circunstances:
The school principal is authorized to grant extra leave in special circumstances. You must submit a request to the school principal substantiated with proof. The school principal is allowed to grant maximally 10 schooldays leave per school year. In the event the leave amounts to more than ten days per school year, the truant officer shall decide the request after having consulted with the school principal. The parents shall submit the request for additional leave at the school principal who thereafter will look at the request himself or will forward it to the truant officer.
School directors are compelled to report immediately unauthorized absenteeism as of 16:00 hours in 4 successive weeks to the truant officer (compulsory education officer). When reported to the truant officer, he will start an investigation and will contact both student and parents. In case of regular school absenteeism, the truant officer will report this in the case consultation meeting and proper action will be taken.
The public entity Saba supervises the adherence to the law and has appointed Sharon Oleana to a sworn truant officer (compulsory education officer). You can contact her at 416 3270 or by email at email@example.com.
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