Section 7 - Students

  • Attendance

    Policy 7:80

    Release Time for Religious Instruction/Observance

    A student shall be released from school, as an excused absence, to observe a religious holiday or for religious instruction. The student’s parent/guardian must give written notice to the Building Principal at least 5 calendar days before the student’s anticipated absence(s). This notice shall satisfy the District’s requirement for a written excuse when the student returns to school. 

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


    LEGAL REF.:


    Religious Freedom Restoration Act, 775 ILCS 35/5. 105 ILCS 5/26-1 and 5/26-2b.


    CROSS REF.:

     

    7:70 (Attendance and Truancy)

     

    ADOPTED:

     

    APRIL 25, 2011