Education Law Questions? Ask an Education Lawyer
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How old are your children? I am checking the law to see if they fall under a certain exception.
What area of Illinois are you in?
What you need to do is document the absences carefully. However, you need to meet the requirements of the law for the absences to be excused. Will County defines a truant "as a child subject to compulsory school attendance and who is absent without valid cause from such attendance for a school day or portion thereof. A chronic truant is any student who misses 5 percent or more of the previous 180 attendance days of school without a proper excuse.
Valid cause is defined in the Illinois Education law and would be:
Unfortunately, the family vacation will not be excused but you should notify the school why your children will be absent.
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