A few scenarios that may necessitate the submission of a religious exemption letter include a parent's decision to hold a child out of the public school system or a request to be excepted from immunization. Such decisions are made according to religious convictions that conflict with schooling or vaccination requirements.
In Virginia, requests for religious exemptions from schooling are reviewed by the local school board. An approved request constitutes an agreement between the parents and the school, and it typically remains in place while the child is of compulsory school age. If the request is denied, the parents may request a judicial review of the decision or comply with school attendance laws.