Parent to cause child to attend school.
17.—(1) Subject to subsection (2), the parent of a child shall cause the child concerned to attend a recognised school on each school day.
(2) A child shall not be required to attend a recognised school where—
(a) he or she is registered in the register maintained under section 14 ,
(b) an application under that section in respect of the child has been served on the Board but the Board has not made a decision in relation thereto, or a notice of appeal under section 15 has been served on the Minister but an appeal committee has not made a determination in relation to the appeal,
(c) he or she is a child to whom subsection (3) of section 14 applies and the period of 3 months referred to therein has not expired,
(d) the child is temporarily attending a school outside the State and the parent of the child has notified the school at which the child is registered of the reason for his or her non-attendance at the second-mentioned school,
(e) he or she is a child referred to in subsection (19) of section 14 ,
(f) he or she is receiving a certain minimum education pursuant to an arrangement made by the Board under section 27 (2), or
(g) there exists some other sufficient cause for his or her not so attending.
Notification of child’s absence from school.
18.—Where a child is absent from the school at which he or she is registered during part of a school day, or for a school day or more than a school day, the parent of such child shall, in accordance with procedures specified in the code of behaviour prepared by the school under section 23 , notify the principal of the school of the reasons for the child’s absence.
Admission of child to recognised school.
19.—(1) The board of management of a recognised school shall not refuse to admit as a student in such school a child, in respect of whom an application to be so admitted has been made, except where such refusal is in accordance with the policy of the recognised school concerned published under section 15(2)(d) of the Act of 1998.
2) The parent of a child who has made an application referred to in subsection (1) shall provide the recognised school concerned with such information as may be prescribed by the Minister.
(3) As soon as practicable, but not later than 21 days, after a parent has provided, in accordance with subsection (2), such information as may be prescribed by the Minister thereunder, the board of management of the school concerned shall make a decision in respect of the application concerned and inform the parent in writing thereof.