Truancy Reduction Resources
This section is under development.
Enforcement of Compulsory School Attendance
- Unless exempted from school attendance by state statute for certain circumstances, the School Attendance Law of 1963 requires that “every child who has attained the age of six years on or before August 1 of each year and is under the age of seventeen years, shall attend public school” for at least a number of hours specified by state statute during each school year. (C.R.S. 22-33-104)
- School districts are required by state statute to enforce compulsory school attendance which can include filing petitions in truancy court, but as a means of last resort when other attempts to support the child’s attendance have been utilized. For requirements placed on school districts in regards to truancy courts, and consequences for students and parents available to the court, refer to the statutory language from Colorado Revised Statute 22-33-108. (PDF)