Religious absence letter template for your student

With the High Holy day’s falling during the school week, it is important to let your child’s teacher and office know in advance that they will be absent for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Here is a template you can use and adjust as you wish for sending to your children’s teachers and school office:

Subject: <Student Name> absent for Jewish High Holy Days September 10 and 19

To <Student>’s teachers:

I want to make sure that you are aware of the Jewish High Holy Days coming up in the next few days when scheduling your mandatory programs / important examinations.

The Jewish High Holy Days occur in the early Fall, on a rotating schedule due to the Jewish use of a lunar calendar for the dates of our holidays.  The High Holy Days consist of Rosh Hashanah, the new year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Also, Holy Days start and end at sundown on the previous day, rather than on a specific day on the Gregorian calendar.  This year our family will be observing the Jewish High Holy Days on the following dates:

** Rosh Hashanah: Sunday evening, September 9th through Monday, September 10th

** Yom Kippur: Tuesday evening, September 18th through Wednesday Evening, September 19th

<CHILD(REN)’S NAME> (and possibly other students) will therefore be absent from school on

• Monday, September 10th
• Wednesday, September 19th

If there are any assignments that are due close to these dates that my student can get ahead of time, or be granted due date extensions, it would be appreciated.  My child will be spending all day in services at the synagogue both of those days (including the previous night), so <HE/SHE> won’t have any time to do makeup work during these days.  I would appreciate it if <HE/SHE> could therefore have a few extra days to turn in any makeup work from those days.  This is all provided under the California Education Code Section 48205.

Thank you,


If you have any further questions or receive any push-back from your school, please contact me and I will be happy to assist.

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