School-Aged Children: Excused Absences for Religious Reasons

In 2023, all states have compulsory schooling laws. This safeguard tracks whether states require their schools to consider as excused absences those that are for religious observance, religious instruction, or both. Checkmarks below indicate states that require schools to do so. States that only permit schools to excuse such absences or who do not mention religious reasons in their laws are indicated accordingly. (For more about data collection on excused absences for religious reasons, please see the details here.)

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Note on citations:
Where multiple laws are cited, the link is for the first listed. To find subsequent laws -or- in cases where a state's laws are not possible to link to directly, use the citation number to manually navigate to the statute of interest. For more precise information on citations as well as our reasoning behind each score, download the full data set which includes additional research notes.