This section has information on laws that have to do with school and education. Click the links on the left for more information.
A young person between the ages of 6 and 16 must go to public school unless they:
- attend an approved independent school
- attend an approved home school program
- attend another approved education program
- are enrolled in and attending an accredited postsecondary school
- are mentally or physically unable to attend
- have completed the 10th grade or
- are excused by the school superintendent or a majority of the school directors
A young person 16 or older may be excused from attending public school if they:
- have the permission of their parents
- are an emancipated minor
A young person over 16 must go to public school if they have been enrolled.
You may miss school for a valid excuse, such as an illness. If there is no valid excuse, the school district can bring a truancy civil fine of $1,000 or find that you are “in need of supervision.”
For information on the constitutional rights and civil liberties of Vermont students, please visit Know Your Rights - A Guide for Public School Students in Vermont.