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J. Michael Smith, Esq.
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Michael P. Farris, Esq.
Chairman

Public School Access for Homeschoolers—A Legal Summary

MISSOURI

The compulsory attendance statute may imply that homeschoolers can attend public school part time. RSMo. 167.031.1.

Missouri Annotated Statutes § 167.031

167.031. School attendance compulsory, who may be excused—nonattendance, penalty—home school, definition, requirements—school year defined—daily log, defense to prosecution—compulsory attendance age for the district defined

1. Every parent, guardian or other person in this state having charge, control or custody of a child not enrolled in a public, private, parochial, parish school or full-time equivalent attendance in a combination of such schools and between the ages of seven years and the compulsory attendance age for the district is responsible for enrolling the child in a program of academic instruction which complies with subsection 2 of this section. Any parent, guardian or other person who enrolls a child between the ages of five and seven years in a public school program of academic instruction shall cause such child to attend the academic program on a regular basis, according to this section. Nonattendance by such child shall cause such parent, guardian or other responsible person to be in violation of the provisions of section 167.061, except as provided by this section. A parent, guardian or other person in this state having charge, control, or custody of a child between the ages of seven years of age and the compulsory attendance age for the district shall cause the child to attend regularly some public, private, parochial, parish, home school or a combination of such schools not less than the entire school term of the school which the child attends;