Apply for compulsory school exemption

Attending school is mandatory for all children, young people and adolescents living in Rhineland-Palatinate. As a rule, the school is to be attended for a period of 12 years. There are legally stipulated exceptions to this. In particularly limited exceptional cases, an exemption from the general obligation to attend school may also be confirmed or pronounced.

Please ask the school or the school authority which documents have to be submitted.


Preconditions
Are exempt from attending school Students before and after childbirth for the period determined by the Maternity Protection Act. Pregnant students should report the pregnancy to the school. The exemption from school attendance can be extended beyond the maternity protection periods up to 4 months before delivery and up to 3 months after delivery upon application to the school management. Are also exempt from attending school Students who have successfully completed at least two years of vocational training and do not establish a new vocational training relationship. Students who have successfully completed the Berufsfachschule I or the Berufsfachschule II and do not establish a vocational training relationship. Students who have successfully completed the 10th school year of a Realschule plus, Integrated Comprehensive School or a Gymnasium and do not establish a vocational training relationship. In these cases, no official services have to be used. The exemption is enshrined in law. Are also exempt from school attendance Pupils who are otherwise sufficiently trained. The determination of whether there is any other sufficient training is made by the school authority.
If an exemption from compulsory schooling beyond the deadlines laid down in the Maternity Protection Act is desired, a corresponding application must be submitted, if necessary with the addition of further documents. Subsequently, a decision will be made on the extension of the exemption. If an exemption from compulsory schooling is desired because the pupil is otherwise sufficiently trained (e.B. abroad), an application must be submitted with the necessary documents attached. Upon receipt of the complete documents, it will be checked whether the conditions are met. No official services are required for the exemptions laid down by the School Act.

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Last update or date of publication
08.12.2020