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7.80 Release Time for Religious Instruction/Observance

Students

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 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/.
105 ILCS 5/26-1 and 5/26-2b.

CROSS REF.: 7:70 (Attendance and Truancy)

ADOPTED: May 14, 1997

REVISED: July 14, 1999
October 18, 2006
July 18, 2012
September 20, 2017

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