Per California Education Code section 46014, a school district MAY adopt a policy allowing pupils to be excused from instruction to participate in:
The code also states that such an absence, if allowed, is not computed as an "absence" for the school. In other words, the school still gets paid for that child's attendance. Sounds great!
There are limitations however:
1) The child would still have to attend the minimum school day required (e.g. less than the whole school day), and
2) The district would have to pass a policy allowing these types of absences, and
3) The absences are limited to a maximum of four times per month (or as specified in the district policy).
If you would like your child to attend a religious matter during school hours check if your school district has a policy allowing this to be an excused absence. If they do, you will have to follow the policy in place. If they do not, you can ask your Board of Education to adopt one!
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