Toms River, NJ asked in Education Law for New Jersey

Q: My High School would not let 18 year olds sign themselves out of school, even if they were sick. Is this legal?

At my high school the secretaries did not allow 18 year old students to sign themselves out of school to attend doctors appointments, college visits, or go home if you weren't feeling well. They required a parent or guardian to fax a note or to show up to the school to sign you out. Is this legal? I do not understand how they can require my parents to sign me out even though I am an adult.

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Stuart Nachbar
Stuart Nachbar
  • Livingston, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Unless you are emancipated by law, the school can make this a requirement. It prevents people (Seniors) from signing themselves out and missing school, and possibly jepordize graduation

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