CHAPTER 28

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 63

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTERS 2 AND 27, TITLE 14, DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO MANDATORY AGE OF ATTENDANCE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE.

Section 1. Amend §202(a), Title 14, Delaware Code by striking the words "grades 1 through 12" as they appear in said subsection and by substituting in lieu thereof the words "kindergarten through grade 12."

Section 2. Amend §2702(a), Title 14, Delaware Code by striking said subsection in its entirety and by substituting in lieu thereof the following:

"(a) Except as otherwise set forth in this Section, every person in the State having control of a child between 5 years of age and 16 years of age shall send such child to a free public school, in the district of residence of the parents, except as determined in accordance with Chapter 6 of this Title, and shall send the child to such school each day of the minimum school term of 180 days. For purposes of this Section, a child shall be considered 5 years of age if he or she celebrates his or her fifth birthday according to the following schedule:

1993-94 school year fifth birthday on or before November 30, 1993.

1994-95 school year 1995-96 school year 1996-97 school year Subsequent school years

fifth birthday on or before October 31, 1994.

fifth birthday on or before September 30, 1995.

fifth birthday on or before August 31, 1996.

fifth birthday on or before August 31 of the respective year.

Local school authorities may grant exceptions to the above schedule for entry into school if they determine that such exception is in the best interest of the child."

Approved May 20, 1993.