Parents can request religious exemption for Good Friday
HISD is scheduled to be in session Friday, April 18, as one of two weather makeup days for icy conditions that shut down the district twice in the winter – but parents can have their children exempted from school for religious reasons.
Good Friday is that day, and parents who observe it as a Holy Day with their children may submit a written note to their school documenting the religious observance. The excuse must be received by the school within three days.
Students who provide the note will be counted as “absent with a religious exemption.” The designation will not affect perfect attendance.
The other makeup day will be May 26, which is Memorial Day. Both dates were designated on the calendar as makeup days in event of unexpected closings, and next year’s calendar has already been approved with the same days designated.
The Board of Education votes on the calendar annually, with the public having the opportunity to make their opinions known. The Texas Education Agency mandates the process, including the designation of makeup days, and the TEA must approve any request to change those days once they have final board approval.
Find out more here about how the HISD calendar is determined.