Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, the parent or legal guardian of a child who resides in Louisiana and who is age five (5) by September thirtieth of the calendar year in which the school year begins through eighteen shall send the child to a public or nonpublic school, as defined by La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §17:236, unless the child’s parent or legal guardian opted to defer enrollment of the child in kindergarten pursuant to La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §17:151.3 (D) or the child graduates from high school prior to his eighteenth birthday.  A child below the age of five who legally enrolls in school shall be subject to these provisions.  If a child in these age brackets was a resident of this parish when school opened and enters school late without having attended another public or private school or approved home study program during the current school session within or without the parish, a statement should be secured from the parents or guardian giving the reasons why the child has not been in school.  If these reasons are not satisfactory, the matter should be referred to the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance, who may find it necessary to refer it to the proper court.




Certain exceptions to the compulsory attendance laws are allowed as provided by state law and included in policy JBD, Student Absences and Excuses In addition, statutes provide for the following:


  1. The parent, tutor, or other person responsible for the school attendance of a child between the ages of sixteen (16) and eighteen (18) who is enrolled in school may request that the student be allowed to attend an effective adult education program or a career and technical education program.

  2. A child who is at least seventeen (17) years of age and who, after successfully completing a program established by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, has been issued a Louisiana high school equivalency diploma in accordance with criteria established by the Louisiana Board of Supervisors of Community and Technical Colleges shall be considered exited from high school and shall not be subject to compulsory attendance laws.

  3. Compulsory attendance does not apply to any child who is under the age of seventeen (17) and is attending or seeking admission to a National Guard Youth Challenge Program in Louisiana.




Failure to abide by the compulsory school attendance laws of the state may result in a referral to Families in Need of Services (FINS) which is a state mandated program or to the District Court with jurisdiction.


Revised:  August, 2005 Revised:  August, 2011
Revised:  December, 2008 Revised:  June 16, 2022
Revised:  August, 2010  



Ref:    La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:151.3, 17:221, 17:226, 17:226.1, 17:233

La. Children’s Code, Art. 730

Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, Bulletin 741, Louisiana Department of Education

Board minutes, 6-16-22


Bossier Parish School Board