The District will allow absence from work subject to the terms set forth below for the purpose of observing religious holidays providing the doctrine of the employee’s religion and the employee’s religious convictions prohibit the employee from working on such holiday. The employee may elect to utilize any paid leave time available (sick leave, vacation, floating holidays, or accumulated compensatory time) in order to remain in a paid status on such observance day(s). If the employee does not elect to utilize paid leave time, such shall be without pay. The employee shall notify the District of his/her intent to utilize paid leave time (sick leave, vacation, floating holidays, or accumulated compensatory time) when making his/her application as set forth below.
A request for absence for the purpose of observing religious holidays shall be made in writing to the Executive Director of Human Resources at least ten (10) work days prior to the requested absence, except for religious holidays that are celebrated between the first day of school and September 15. In the event of the latter, a seven (7) work days prior notice is required.