|The Florida Statutes expressly provide for "absence for religious instructions." FLA. STAT. § 1003.21(2)(b) (2013). It states that "Each district school board, in accordance with rules of the State Board of Education, shall adopt a policy that authorizes a parent to request and be granted permission for absence of a student from school for religious instruction or religious holidays."
FLA. ADMIN CODE ANN. r. 6A-1.09514 (2013).
Each school district that chooses to allow a released time program shall implement, but is not limited to, the following rules:
1) Attendance must be provided by the program facilitators
2) The school must be relinquished from liability for the student and the program.
3) Decision on requests for release must take into account each student's progression plan.
4. Provisions must be in place for parents and students to be heard regarding termination of permission.
Excused absences for religious instruction or holiday must use, but are not limited to, the following rules:
1) Provisions for establishing and modifying a list of religious holidays which shall be included in the rules. School districts may consult with religious institututions and leaders in the community for this purpose.
2) Provisions for the procedures and time limits to be observed by students, teachers, and administrators in making available to each student so excused an opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work assignment which has been missed.
3) Provisions for the procedures and time limits applicable to the giving of prior notice of a student's intended absence by the student's parent or guardian.
4) Provisions giving affected students and parents an opportunity to be heard in connection with the decision to excuse or not excuse an absence on a day or portion thereof which is not included in the list of religious holidays.