|South Dakota Compiled Laws
South Dakota compulsory attendance law requires that all children, ages 7-15 (inclusive), must "attend regularly some public or nonpublic elementary school for the entire term" which the public school is in session. S.D. CODIFIED LAWS § 13-27-1
According to S.D. CODIFIED LAWS § 13-33-10, a child may be excused for taking and receiving religious instruction "conducted by some church or association of churches." A student will only be released upon application of his parent or guardian. A child may be released for one hour per week to receive religious instruction. The statute does provide, in addition, that the school board may allow the student to accumulate up to four hours of excused leave time "to be taken consecutively on any one day or two hours to be taken on any two days."
The local school board has the discretion to decide which hour of the week a child will be excused. Public funds may not be used to finance any Released Time programs.