Educating Youngstars

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A minor must be provided with at least 3 hours of schooling per day while minor's school is in session

Children in grades 2-6 must be instructed between 8:00 a. m. and 4:00 p. m. Students in grades 7-12 can be instructed between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Minor may not be called to set earlier than 5:00 a.m.

Minor may not work later than 10:00 p.m. on school day and 12:30 a.m. on non-school day.


12 hours from wrap time to next day’s call time.

If school starts less than 12 hours from wrap time, minor must be schooled on set.


If child attends his/her own school prior to reporting to his/her place of employment time spent in regular school will be considered 6 hours regardless of time actually spent

Required 1 hour of rest & recreation will be allocated to that 6-hour period

Child will be permitted, therefore, at place of employment for 2-1/2, 3-1/2, or 4-1/2 hours, depending on age of child times permitted at place of employment will include 1/2 hour meal period.

Travel time between school and studio is not considered work time.


If a minor sixteen (16) to eighteen (18) years of age has satisfied the educational requirements of the State of California (i. e., GED, Proficiency Certificate, or high school diploma):
*    no entertainment work permit is needed
*    no studio teacher is required
*    he/she may be employed for the same hours as an adult employed performing the same work


High school graduates or minors who have been awarded a certificate of proficiency are exempt from the permit requirements [EC 49101; LC 1286]. Minors do not need to attain a minimum age in order to graduate from high school. However, to qualify for a certificate of proficiency, the minor must be at least 16 years of age, or must have been enrolled for one academic year in the 10th grade, or have completed one academic year of enrollment in the 10th grade at the end of the semester the test was taken [EC 48412].


Any minor under the age of 18 years who has filed for emancipation must still receive 3 hours of schooling if they have not received high school diploma

Emancipated minor may still be subject to child labor laws.

Last updated by Julie Stevens Apr 19, 2010.

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