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Taking time off for religious reasons

Schools must treat absence as authorised when it is due to religious observance.

The day must be exclusively set apart for religious observance by the religious body to which the parents belong. Schools may contact the parents’ religious body to confirm that this is the case.

Talk to the teacher when you join a school about your family’s beliefs and how they could affect your child’s attendance.

Give as much notice as possible of any likely absence and the reasons for it.

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