|NYCRR 109.2 (New York Commissioner's Revised Regulations)
A student will be excused from school during school hours for religious education upon a request in writing signed by the student's parents [NYCRR 109.2 (a)]. Such religious instruction must be given off of the public school grounds and be operated under the control of "duly constituted religious bodies: [NYCRR 109.2 (b)]. Students, in addition, must be registered for the religious courses and a copy of the registration and attendance record must be filed with the local public school authorities [NYCRR 109.2 (c (d)].
A local board of education shall permit students to be released for not more than one hour a week while school is in session at a time set by the local school authorities. [NYCRR 109.2 (e)].
A board of education may also establish an optional program for high school students in order (grades 9-12) to permit a student, with the written approval of parent, to enroll in a course in religion in a registered non-public high school [NYCRR 109.2 (f)]. Absence to attend such a course may be excused for the number of periods per week that the course is scheduled in the nonpublic school.
CHANCELLOR'S REGULATION A-630; 10/1/79
A program for religious instruction may be initiated by any religious organization in cooperation with the parents concerned. There will be, however, no announcement of any kind in the public school concerning the Released Time program. Each religious organization will issue a card to a student to be countersigned by the parent and addressed to the principal of the public school, requesting the release of the student from school for the purpose of religious instruction at a specific location.
A student is to be released for the last hour of the instructional day each week to receive religious instruction - this hour is generally 2:00 p.m. The day upon which Released Time is permitted for all boroughs is Wednesday.
For specific reporting requirements of the public schools concerning Released Time programs see Chancellor's regulation A-631 (8/17/81).