||The first step is to gather as much information as you can about North Dakota's Released Time statute, what, if anything, is being done with Released Time in the state, and how a Released Time program may address state educational objectives (e.g. self-esteem, values education). Determine who will make the decision whether to allow a program and make an appointment to see that person. If the principal refers you to the school board, you would be wise to meet individually with school board members before presenting the concept at a school board meeting.
Keep in mind that school officials are not required to approve a program. However, with a carefully crafted approach and with statutory recognition, you should expect success in gaining approval for the program.
||North Dakota compulsory attendance law requires that all children, ages 7-15 (inclusive), must attend public school. N.D. CENT. CODE §15.1-20-01 (2011)
Further, N.D. CENT. CODE §15.1-19-04 (2011) expressly allows local school boards to release students for religious instruction.
An elementary or high school student's parents must request permission from the school board to released their child for religious instruction. A student may be released for a period not to exceed one hour per week.