Board Policy 5220

Release Time for Religious Instruction/Observance


    Religious Observance

    A student shall be released from school, as an excused absence, for the purpose of observing a religious holiday. The parent(s)/guardian(s) must give written notice to the District five calendar (5) days before the student’s anticipated absence.


    The parent(s)/guardian(s) written notification of the student’s anticipated absence shall satisfy the District’s requirement for a written excuse.


    The Superintendent or designee shall develop and distribute to teachers appropriate procedures regarding student absences for a religious holiday which include a list of religious holidays on which students shall be excused from attendance, how teachers are notified of a student’s impending absence, and the State law requirement that teachers provide the student an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirement.


    Religious Instruction

    A student shall be released from school for a day or portion of a day for the purpose of religious instruction. A letter, requesting the student’s absence and written by the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s), must be given to the principal at least five calendar (5) days before the day the student is to be absent.