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A question for the Americans on the flist!

I've been googling my not-so-little butt off and can't find anything useful about this - what're the consequences of missing a long period of time of high school? In my story the main character Echo has to go underground to make sure he's not, you know, spectacularly assassinated. Because of this he can't go to school between September and March and misses most of his junior year.

What would happen? Would he be able to go back to school? Would there be serious repercussions? In the Dutch system he'd have to redo the year he missed, so I'm assuming that's the same in the US, but could he go back in March and finish the last couple of months anyway, then play catch-up for the next year, or would there be no point and would he be better off just sticking out the year at home only to start over completely? Story-wise, I'd like him to go back in March, but I don't know how feasible that would be in the US educational system.

This is an intelligent and vaguely ambitious character. He wants to graduate eventually, because he wants to get a college education, but what's the 'official' procedure for things like this?

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Date: 2011-04-13 12:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adinarj.livejournal.com
Truancy is a punishable offense in the US. One of the things that they will do is simply not let you move on to the next grade. If you don't have a good excuse (medical, you're being homeschooled, etc.), I don't think you can get arrested per se, but I know there's a fine.

Here's what wiki has to say on the subject. Hope that helps!

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Date: 2011-04-13 12:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lin.livejournal.com
Yes, that's very helpful, thank you! Is this in any way connected to the person's age though? I did read on Wikipedia that in the US you're legally allowed to drop out of school at 16, would you still get a fine if you were over 16 but missed a whole lotta class? (in the Netherlands this age line is 18, and while you can be fined for skipping when you're under 18 once you're over it's considered the student's own responsiblity to attend)

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Date: 2011-07-05 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andrew-ashling.livejournal.com
Hi,
Friended you (and you seem to like we say 'hi')

Mind if I follow the answers to this one? I have vague plans for a story set in the senior year of high school myself and was wondering what would happen if someone gets an accident which would prevent him from attending lessons for a prolonged time.

*Can't believe I'm hijacking your post — hangs head in shame*

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