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 five 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 Director 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.
Religious Freedom Restoration Act, 775 ILCS 35/.
105 ILCS 5/26-1 and 5/26-2b.
CROSS REF.: 7:70 (Attendance and Truancy)Adopted: December 20, 2018