Religious Holidays

September 2017

Dear Faculty/Staff/Parents/Guardians/Students:

I hope everyone has had a successful start to the year.

As we begin the 2017-2018 school year and religious holidays approach, I would like to remind everyone of district policy.

The Belmont Public Schools District is a culturally and religiously diverse community. While the schools are not closed for observance of religious holidays, it is the intention of the District to respect the religious and cultural days that are significant to the students, families, and staff. An observance of a holiday may require students to be absent from school. Students who miss school work because of an excused absence, including absence for religious observance, should not be expected to complete homework, study for tests or do other school work during their absence. They shall be given the opportunity to complete assignments and tests within a reasonable time, based on the circumstances. These absences should be managed in the same manner as absences for other excused reasons, including informing the school of the absence, talking with teachers about the absence, missed work, etc. The district policy is located on the back of the 2017-2018 school calendar to reference throughout the year.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

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Mr. Richards

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