Dearborn Public Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

5223 - ABSENCES FOR RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS AND INSTRUCTION

The Board of Education desires to cooperate with those parents who wish to provide for religious instruction for their children but also recognizes its responsibility to enforce the attendance requirements of the state.

Upon the signed request of a student's parent, the Board will allow exceptions to the student's continuous attendance at school:

 A.for religious instruction outside the school building for no more than two (2) class hours per week;

 B.for attendance at confirmation classes provided the child is between the ages of twelve (12) and thirteen (13) years of age and the instructional period is no longer than five (5) months in either of those years;

 C.for observance of a recognized religious holiday.
  This day's absenteeism will not count toward the student's absenteeism record or jeopardize their eligibility for attendance awards.

A student must be properly registered and a copy of such registration must be filed with the principal.

The time for release for religious instruction or education shall be arranged by the Superintendent in keeping with the regulations of the State Board of Education. S/He will also assure the appropriate continuance of the instructional program in the public school during such release times.

No solicitation for attendance at religious instruction shall be permitted on District premises. No member of the staff shall neither encourage nor discourage participation in any religious instruction program.

M.C.L.A. 380.1561(3c)
A.C. Rule R340.71, R340.74

Revised 12/11/95
Revised 3/97