Compulsory Age Changes

by | Jun 5, 2017 | News, WV Law

Compulsory age is the age when children are required to attend public school unless they meet a legal exemption. For children of compulsory age who are to be homeschooled under WV code 18-8-1(c)(2), a notice of intent must be provided to the home county prior to commencing home education. 

Current compulsory age begins when a child turns 6 prior to September 1st OR as soon as they are enrolled in a publicly funded kindergarten program. However, as of the 2019-2020 school year, the deadline date will be moved back from September 1st to July 1st. Children being homeschooled in the summer of 2019 will be of compulsory age if they turn 6 prior to July 1st.  Until two years from now, the cutoff date will remain the same – September 1st – for compulsory attendance age.