Holidays. You are putting your kids at risk by not sending them to school on the last day of school.

It is tempting to skip school for a few days just before the summer holidays.

Holidays. You are putting your kids at risk by not sending them to school on the last day of school.

It is tempting to skip school for a few days just before the summer holidays... Be careful! Be careful!

From the age 3 to 16, education in France is mandatory. If parents don't provide education, they must send their children to school. "Some absences can be approved, provided the school is informed. The academy and the establishment control absenteeism. He can be sanctioned," specifies the location of the Public Service. This adds to the risk that the teacher may remonstrate with the pupil: "If your excuse for the absence is not valid or you give false reasons, you could face a fine of 135 Euros", which will increase to 375 Euros.

In the long-term, "if these unjustified absentees compromise your child’s education, you face two years in jail and a fine up to 30,000 euros." Contrary to popular belief, children's absenteeism is not grounds for the suspension of family allowances.

An absence can be granted for four reasons in reality: (1) illness of the child or one of his family members if he has potential contagious disease. (2) solemn family reunion (weddings, funerals, etc.). Impediment due to an accident while transporting or in the instance of a child following his legal representatives (travel beyond school holidays).

If your circumstances are not listed, and your toddler still wants to attend school, you can write to school management explaining your reasons. You will be required to notify the school that your request was not granted. However, you must agree to have the student do his homework so that he doesn't fall behind his classmates.

If the request cannot be denied, it is possible that it will be granted. However, if it remains extraordinary, it may be validated and your child will be disappointed. The famous end-of the year snack.

(1) A medical certificate is required only for children with contagious diseases.

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