MISSISSIPPI HOMESCHOOL LAWS/REGULATIONS

 

Home School Instruction

From the Mississippi State Department of Education Website:

 

http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/dropout_prevention/compulsory_school.html

 

Every child who is home schooled in Mississippi must register with the School Attendance Officer in the county of residence each year on or before September 15.

  • The child's name, address, telephone number, date of birth.
  • The name, address, and telephone number of the parent, guardian or custodian of the compulsory-school-age child.
  • A simple description of the type of education the compulsory-school-age child or children is receiving.
  • The signature of the parent or guardian or, for any or all compulsory-age-child or children the signature of the appropriate school official and the date signed.

 

Age of Attendance

The law in Mississippi governing compulsory school attendance requires a parent, legal guardian or custodian who has legal control or charge of a child age six to seventeen to send the child to school during the entire school year, except under the limited circumstances specified in subsection three (3) of Section 37-13-91. The exceptions include, but are not limited to, sending the child to a state approved, nonpublic, or educating the child at home in an organized educational program. Although in the past, the compulsory school attendance law did not apply to children under the age of six, effective July 1, 2003 a child who enrolls in public kindergarten will follow the same guidelines of the compulsory attendance law.

 

Attorney General Opinions Relating to Compulsory School Attendance

January 20, 1989 states "no specific exemption for married minors who are subject to the compulsory attendance law. A minor who marries is still under the compulsory school law."

October 27, 1989 states "a child who turns 17 during the first semester is not required to return for the second semester because the calendar year has changed."

July 10, 1991 states "a parent who wishes to home school their child should do so by registering no later than September 15 of the school year."

April 21, 1995 states "when a child receives either a suspension or expulsion the child is not under the compulsory school attendance law and the officer is not responsible for monitoring such child."

April 21, 1995 states "special education students enrolled in public schools are subject to the same attendance requirements as other students."

June 28, 1995 states "home instruction may not be a sham used to circumvent the compulsory attendance law."

January 9, 1998 states "a school district cannot legally deny academic credit to a student with excessive absences even though the student is making passing grades. The school district legally cannot change a student's grade from passing to failing because of excessive absences."

September 29, 2000 states "a student cannot be exempted from the immunization requirements due strictly to religious reasons. However under certain circumstances, the local health officer may grant a limited time for completion of the immunization requirements and a duly licensed physician may offer a certificate of exemption for medical reason which may be accepted by the local health officer."