Blue Valley School Policy by jcpainfo


									                       ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDELINES
                              POLICY 2450

Teaching About Religion
   Teaching about religion in schools is to remain neutral. Music, art, literature, and
   dramatic activities related to religious holidays may be studied and performed in
   programs which support curricular objectives.
   All activities should focus on the educational purpose and value of religion, i.e.
   society, history, culture, heritage, rather than the religious doctrine.
   At no time will any form of religious belief be advanced or disparaged, nor shall
   any form of religious indoctrination, including prayers, be conducted by the
   school district or its employees.

   Schools may not open or close assemblies with a prayer.
   Students are allowed to pray in school, unless they are disrupting the normal
   routine of the school day.
   Voluntary student prayer, whether by an individual or in a small group, is
   protected speech and should be allowed in most circumstances.

Religious Objects/Materials
   A student may bring a religious object, such as a nativity scene or a menorah, to
   school to share with friends during show and tell or in a class presentation, but
   then it must be returned to the home.
   Students may bring and distribute religious materials at school in most
   situations. These materials may not be forced upon a student who does not
   wish to receive the information or material. If the school has a public bulletin
   board, religious material may be placed on the bulletin board by students.
   Other religious objects or clothes may be brought by students to share but must
   be returned to the home.
   Religious objects may not be a standard display in the school or classroom, e.g.,
   crosses, the Ten Commandments, Star of David.

Secular Objects/Colors
  Items of a secular nature may be used freely throughout the school. Those
  items may include:
            snowmen              snowflakes           stockings
            candy canes          Santa                dreidels
            colors: blue and silver/white, red and green
   School personnel will not foster, promote or encourage any particular religious
   Students will not be required to participate in activities that are contrary to their
   religious beliefs.
   School personnel should not speak of “we” or “our” ways when referencing
   Religious groups may not send representatives into schools during school hours
   to be available to students unless clubs are meeting during school hours and the
   visitor is a part of the club meeting.
   Students are free to express their religious beliefs verbally or in another form,
   e.g., art, essays. Teachers may not require assignments based on students’
   personal religious beliefs.

Performance of Religious Music
   Religious music may be performed as part of the academic study of music, and
   at school musical performances, as long as it supports a curricular objective.
   A school music performance should not resemble a religious service.
   Student groups sponsored by the school district may not perform as part of a
   religious worship service
   A performance during a holiday season that includes religious music should
   include music from a variety of different religions/cultures.
   Schools may allow singing of winter holiday songs that are not based on
   religious beliefs, e.g., Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells, Winter Wonderland.
   Students may be excused from performing in musical groups or portions of
   musical presentations for religious reasons.

                                                        Amended November 15, 2011

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