School Attendance and Truancy: Understanding the Basics

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All students in Pennsylvania must attend school no later than age 6 until age 18 or graduation, whichever occurs sooner. In general, rules for attending school do not apply to youth under 18 who have a certificate of graduation from a regularly accredited, licensed, registered, or approved high school. Under the law, all students must attend school until their 18th birthday or graduation, whichever is sooner, unless they qualify for one of a few limited exceptions, as explained in this fact sheet. You can access the full guide here. 

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