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Eligible ATPE members may contact ATPE legal staff with employment-related legal questions or inquiries.

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Sample Letter: Request for Release from Employment Contract

Your employment contract is a legally binding document. In order to end your employment before the contract's ending date, your employer must "release" you from your legal obligations under the contract. Serious legal consequences may result from resigning your employment with a school district without first obtaining release from your employment contract from the school district.

The following wording can be used to request release from your employment contract with a school district. Please do not print this page and submit it to your school district. You should create a document of your own, inserting the appropriate information where indicated. Call the ATPE Member Legal Services Department at (800) 777-ATPE if you have questions about this document or the laws about release or resigning from your employment contract.


(insert employee name)
(insert employee address)


(insert current date)

(insert superintendent's name), Superintendent
Members of the Board of Trustees
(insert ISD name) ISD
(insert school district address)

RE:  Request for Release from (insert contract year) Employment Contract

Dear School Officials:

I hereby request to be released from my (insert contract year) employment contract with (insert school district name) ISD, effective (insert effective date). (Optional: include personal reasons for request.)

If release is granted, this letter also serves as my resignation, effective on the date stated above. If release is denied, this letter does not constitute my resignation.

I respectfully request that I be informed if release is granted as soon as possible (or by specific date). Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.


(Employee Signature)

(insert employee name)


The legal information provided on this website is for general purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for individual legal advice or the provision of legal services. Accessing this information does not create an attorney-client relationship. Individual legal situations vary greatly and readers should consult directly with an attorney. Eligible ATPE members should contact the ATPE Member Legal Services Department using our online system, MLSIS.