Children aged 5 to 16 are obliged to attend full-time education. In certain circumstances, your child might be exempted from compulsory school attendance. This is called vrijstelling van leerplicht (exemption from compulsory school attendance). In that case, your child does not have to go to school. Where you apply for the exemption depends on the situation.
With an exemption from compulsory education, your child does not have to attend school. There are 3 types of exemption (in Dutch):
Can your 5-year-old child not yet cope with a full school week? Then your child may attend school for 5 hours less. You can request this from the head of the primary school. Does your child need more rest? Then you may request an additional 5 hours of exemption. This too can be requested from the head of the primary school.
In some cases, you can request exemption for part of the school year for your child. This can be done with the municipality. You must do this before 1 July for each school year. These are a few situations in which you can request exemption:
- Your child is seriously ill. Or your child is facing challenges such as autism or depression. For exemption, you need a statement from a doctor, psychologist or educator. Your child's own GP may not make this declaration.
- You have an objection about the philosophy or religion being taught at the school in your neighbourhood. You can apply for exemption in this case op grond van richtingbezwaar (on grounds of directional objection). For this exemption, you must make a declaration to your municipality.
- Your child is registered in the Netherlands, but attends school abroad. For this exemption, you must make a declaration to your municipality.
- You have a travelling profession, for example as a circus artist. Your child can be exempted from enrolling in a school for part of the year. For this exemption, you must make a declaration to your municipality.
There are times when your child does not have to attend school for good reason. This is called geoorloofd schoolverzuim (permissible school absence). Examples of permissible school absenteeism are:
Your child is ill. Report this to the headmaster of your school within 2 days.
- Does your child have to attend a wedding or funeral? If so, the school headmaster must give permission in advance.
- Do you want your child to be free on a (religious) holiday such as Eid al-Fitr or Yom Kippur? If so, tell the head of the school in advance. Apply for exemption from the head of the school for this purpose.
Your child will only be given leave to go on holiday outside the school holidays if:
- it is not in the first 2 weeks after the summer holidays;
- your work prevents you from going on holiday during the school holidays;
- you have not yet been on holiday outside the school holidays this school year;
- you cannot go on holiday with your family 2 weeks in a row, in any school holidays.
This is how it works in your (future) place of residence
Municipality of Smallingerland: Exemptions from compulsory school attendance
We are there for the future
As a 'compulsory education and RMC' consultant we support, in association with other professionals, young people in completing a school education. Every young person is entitled to good education. Always and everywhere. The guiding principle is that all young persons go to school according to the timetable. There can be some special circumstances as a result of which a young person (young persons) cannot go to school. It is then possible to apply for an exemption from compulsory education.
Please note: you can only apply for an exemption from compulsory education if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.
In the following instances, you can rely on an exemption from compulsory education:
- Your young person has psychological and/or physical complaints;
- You object to the ideological direction of district schools;
- Your young person is registered in the Netherlands but is going to school abroad;
- You have a travelling profession, for instance as a circus artist;
- Your young person aged 16 or over follows sufficient education in a different manner;
- Due to compelling circumstances you want an exemption for more than ten days.
Your child is registered with the municipality of Smallingerland.
You apply for the exemption from compulsory education as follows:
Applying with the municipality
This is how you can apply for the exemption from compulsory education with the municipality:
contact the municipality by telephone for more information. [0512 - 581 234]
Applying with startWijzer
Contact startWijzer by telephone [0512 - 581 234] to apply for an exemption for a secondary education pupil who lives in the De Friesen Wouden region. (website: Home - startWijzer)
There are no costs associated with the application for an exemption for the parent(s) of the relevant child.
In case of an application for an exemption, the decision period is eight weeks after the date.
— Make sure that you submit the notice of objection within six weeks after the date that this message has been sent. You consequently prevent us from no longer being able to handle your notice of objection.
— You can send your notice of objection digitally to the municipality by completing the objection form on our website. You can find this form at www.smallingerland.nl/bezwaar.
— If you prefer lodging an objection by post then send your notice of objection to:
PO Box 10,000
You include the following in the notice of objection:
o your name, address, date, signature, and preferably the telephone number on which you can be reached during the day.
o a description of the decision against which you are lodging an objection (include the date of despatch and the case number of the decision or include a copy of the said decision);
o the reason you disagree with our decision.
Contact the municipality by telephone and ask for the relevant 'compulsory education and RMC' consultant. [0512 - 581 234]
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