302A-411 Kindergarten program; establishment; attendance. (a) The department shall establish and maintain kindergartens with a program of instruction as a part of the public school system; provided that:

(1) Attendance in kindergarten shall be mandatory, unless exempted by subsection (b) or section 302A-1132; and

(2) Charter schools shall not be excluded from mandatory participation in the program.

(b) Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, any parent, guardian, or other person having the responsibility for, or care of, a child who will be at least five years of age on or before July 31 of the school year shall enroll the child in a public school kindergarten unless the child is enrolled at a private school or the child's attendance is otherwise exempt under section 302A-1132.

(c) The department may accept gifts to establish and maintain kindergartens. [L 1996, c 89, pt of 2; am L 1997, c 362, 1; am L 2004, c 219, 2; am L 2006, c 298, 9; am L 2009, c 194, 2; am L 2010, c 183, 2; am L 2012, c 178, 3; am L 2014, c 76, 2]



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