Because it is of the utmost importance that children attend school, attendance is compulsory in the Netherlands. Agreements have been reached about education in this country.

One of these agreements is that pupils may not just stay away from school when parents would like them to. Only under ‘extenuating circumstances’ it might sometimes be possible to make an exception to this rule. The Head of School Compliance decides about your request and might discuss this with the compliance officer of the Haarlem municipality.

If there are exceptional circumstances of any kind that lead you to think that your child cannot attend school, you must still adhere to the rules and regulations for these circumstances.

This webpage explains these exceptional and extenuating circumstances and the relevant rules and regulations. 

Additional Covid-19 absence protocols: Please refer to the document below for a decision tree explaining when your child should stay home from school