13-27-1 Responsibility of person controlling child for school attendance--High school equivalency ...
Responsibility of person controlling child for school attendance--High school
equivalency test preparation program--Kindergarten--Transfer from another state.
Any person having
control of a child, who is not younger than five or older than six years old by the first day of
September, or any child who, by the first day of September, is at least six years old, but who has not
exceeded the age of eighteen, shall cause the child to regularly attend some public or nonpublic
school for the entire term during which the public school in the district in which the person resides,
or the school to which the child is assigned to attend, is in session, until the child reaches the age of
eighteen years, unless the child has graduated or is excused as provided in this chapter. However,
the requirements of this section are met if a child who is at least sixteen years of age enrolls in a high
school equivalency test preparation program that is school-based or for which a school contracts and
the child successfully completes the test or reaches the age of eighteen years.
A child is eligible to enroll in a school-based or school-contracted high school equivalency test
preparation program or take the high school equivalency test if the child is sixteen or seventeen years
of age, and the child presents written permission from the child's parent or guardian and one of the
Verification from a school administrator that the child will not graduate with the child's
cohort class because of credit deficiency;
Authorization from a court services officer;
A court order requiring the child to enter the program;
Verification that the child is under the direction of the Department of Corrections; or
Verification that the child is enrolled in Job Corps as authorized by Title I-C of the
Workforce Investment Act of 1998, as amended to January 1, 2009.
Any child who is sixteen or seventeen years of age and who completes the high school
equivalency test preparation program may take a high school equivalency test immediately following
release from the school program or when ordered to take the test by a court. Any such child who fails
to successfully complete the test shall re-enroll in the school district and may continue the high
school equivalency preparation program or other suitable program as determined by the school
All children shall attend kindergarten prior to age seven. Any child who transfers from another
state may proceed in a continuous educational program without interruption if the child has not
previously attended kindergarten.
Source: SDC 1939, § 15.3201; SL 1941, ch 65; SL 1955, ch 41, ch 15, § 1; SL 1975, ch 128, § 169;
SL 1978, ch 111; SL 1985, ch 129, § 7; SL 1986, ch 122, §§ 1, 9; SL 1990, ch 126, § 1; SL 1991,
ch 142, § 2; SL 1996, ch 114, §3; SL 2006, ch 80, § 1; SL 2007, ch 98, § 1; SL 2009, ch 83, § 1; SL
2009, ch 83, § 3, eff. July 1, 2010; SL 2017, ch 77, § 1.