Every child of school attendance age should attend school on a regular basis in order to maximize his/her educational opportunities. Students who are absent from school may never regain some of the experiences which take place during their absences.
The goals of attendance law and school attendance policy are to give children as much instruction time as possible and to have them present for required testing. A parent whose child is at school, on time, stays the full length school day, and has no more than 5 unexcused or 10 total absences for the year will have no problem with attendance laws or policies.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines homeless students as lacking a fixed, regular and adequate night time residence. This includes students who are sharing the housing of others due to economic hardship; living in cars, parks or public places, motels, hotels or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; awaiting foster care placement; or migratory children living in the defined circumstances.