Perth Amboy, NJ asked in Education Law for New Jersey

Q: What is the NJSA 18A law that states that a student can lose academic credit for the year due to excessive absences?

There is a specific statute that states that a student who misses more than 10% of the school year (or 18 unexcused absences) can lose all credit earned for that academic year. I'm looking for the exact text of that law under New Jersey Title 18A. I know it exists but I can't find it to save my life right now.

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Stuart Nachbar

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A: compulsory education law (N.J.S.A. 18A:38-28 through 31) requires all children between the ages of 6-16 to attend school. The attendance regulations (N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.6), require each district board of education to develop, adopt and implement policies and procedures regarding the attendance of students, including the adoption of a definition of "unexcused absence" that counts towards truancy. While the regulations allow for the parent to be referred to municipal court for a truant child, consideration should be made to refer or coordinate with a community-based social and health provider agency, other community resource, or the juvenile/family crisis intervention unit (FCIU). For more information contact the FCIU in your area.

This might give you a lead on what you are looking for.

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