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5130 - Withdrawal from School

Florida statute requires attendance of each student from six years of age, or five years of age if enrolled in kindergarten, and not formally withdrawn until 18 years of age. The Board affirms that it is in the best interests of both students and the community that they complete the educational program that will equip them with skills and increase their chances for a successful and fulfilling life beyond the schools.

A child enrolled in kindergarten is deemed to be of compulsory school age unless the child's parent or legal guardian, at the parent or legal guardian's discretion and in consultation with the child's teacher and principal, formally withdraws the child from kindergarten.

The Board directs that whenever a student wishes to withdraw, effort should be made to determine the underlying reason for such action and the resources of the District should be used to assist the student in reaching career goals. Prior to withdrawal of the student, an exit interview shall be provided and a Department of Education survey completed to determine reasons for withdrawal and actions that could be taken to keep the student in school. The student must be informed of opportunities to continue an education. In addition, the student must complete a survey in a format prescribed by the Department of Education to provide data on student reasons for terminating enrollment and actions taken by the District to keep students enrolled. No student under the age of 18 will be permitted to withdraw without the written consent of a parent and in compliance with State law.

Whenever a student under the age of 18 withdraws from school without moving out of State, transferring to another approved school, being granted a hardship waiver, being granted an age and schooling certificate, or enrolling in and attending an approved program, the Superintendent shall notify the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) about the student's non-attendance.

Such notification is to be given within two weeks after the Superintendent confirms the student is not properly enrolled in and attending another approved school or program or has moved out of State.

The Superintendent shall develop and update as needed administrative procedures for withdrawal from school which:

  A. Make counseling services available to any student who wishes to withdraw


  B. Help the student define educational life goals and help plan the realization of those goals


  C. Inform the student of alternative programs


  D. Initiate and complete an exit interview as prescribed by State law


  E. Require the timely return of all District-owned supplies and equipment in the possession of the student


In accordance with Policy 5610 - Removal, Suspension, and Expulsion of Students, the Superintendent shall initiate expulsion proceedings against a student who has committed an act that warrants expulsion under Board policy even if the student withdraws from school prior to the hearing or decision to impose the expulsion. Any resulting expulsion shall be imposed for the same duration it would have been had the student remained enrolled.

F.S. 1002.20, 1003.21

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