|Montana compulsory attendance law requires that all children, ages 7-15 (inclusive); must attend public school unless the child is enrolled in a nonpublic school or home school. MONT. CODE ANN. §20-5-102 and MONT. CODE ANN. §20-5-103
MONT. CODE ANN. §20-1-308 provides that trustees of elementary or high school districts may allow Released Time for religious instruction. Several conditions for lawful operation of Released Time programs are delineated in this section.
1. Parents of the child must request permission annually from the Board of Trustees in order to have their child released to attend religious instruction.
2. The amount of time released time is to be determined by the trustees of the school district.
3. Religious instruction must take place off of public school property.
4. No public funds can be used to finance such religious instruction.
Released Time is considered part of the school day and week for the purpose of the Code and the released may not adversely affect student attendance records.