Diversity and Inclusion
Resources: Special Topics, Holidays & Observances


Leave for Religious Observance:

Teachers and other staff members shall incorporate the highest standards of honesty, integrity and morality in all of their teaching, counseling, and other contacts with students. Because there are students, teachers and staff of many religious faiths, convictions and beliefs in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, school staff members must be sensitive to the freedom of religion and other Constitutional rights of all. 

In accordance with BOE Policy ACD, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Religion/Religion in Schools, staff shall be sensitive to how religious holidays may impact the behavior, appearance or attendance of students and staff. Examinations and other major events will not be scheduled on religious holidays designated by the Superintendent.  School personnel shall use sensitivity and good judgement when scheduling school activities.  Students should be given excused absences to meet their religious obligations and reasonable accommodations should be made to allow students to make up lessons and assignments that are missed.

Written notification is required for consideration of an excused absence from school under Board Policy ACD. This form, or other written notification (such as an email), which includes the information requested in this document, should be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the absence. This will allow enough time for staff to make any necessary arrangements with the student to make up all class work or homework.

Absence for Religious Obligation Form

P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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