Interpretation's Date: September 8, 2003
by superintendent David Stewart
Section: IV. Students
September 8, 2003
Sharon Norman, Attendance Director
Dear Ms. Norman:
This is to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated September 3, 2003 relative
to compulsory attendance. Specifically you stated ?Please revisit the State
Superintendent?s interpretation issued January 29, 1991 dealing with emancipation and
compulsory school attendance. . .?
As you are aware, that interpretation dealt with a married sixteen year old student and the party to whom legal notices should be sent. However, the interpretation did contain useful language to the situation you raise, dealing with a fifteen year old married student who wishes to withdraw from school. In part, it states:
The student is still obligated to attend school because
there is no exemption from compulsory school attendance
granted for marriage, and compulsory school attendance
continues after one?s sixteenth birthday for as long as the
student continues to be enrolled in public school. See W.Va.
Code 18-8-1 and 1a.