Elk Grove USD | BP 6141.2 Instruction
Recognition Of Religious Beliefs And Customs
Instructional programs may include references to religion and may use religious literature, art, music or symbols to illustrate the subject matter being taught. Such instruction should be designed to broaden the students' understanding of social and cultural history and their tolerance for the multiple ways of life practiced by the peoples of the world. Instruction about religious holidays shall be carefully tied to these educational objectives.
Factual and objective teaching about religion must be distinguished from religious indoctrination, which is clearly forbidden in public schools. The schools may teach about religion from a historical, cultural, sociological or other educational perspective, but must not favor the beliefs and customs of any particular religion or sect over any others in such teaching.
Staff shall be highly sensitive to its obligation not to interfere with the philosophical/religious development of each student, in whatever tradition the student embraces. Schoolsponsored programs should not be, nor have the effect of being, religiously oriented or a religious celebration.
Instruction which is contrary to a student's religious beliefs and teachings may be addressed in accordance with Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 1312.2, Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials.
(cf. 5113 Absences and Excuses)
(cf. 6144 Controversial Issues)
46014 Absences for religious purposes
51511 Religious matters properly included in courses of study
51938 Right of parent/guardian to excuse from sexual health instruction
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
6061 School prayer
7904 School prayer
Lassonde v. Pleasanton Unified School District, (2003, 9th Cir.) 320 F.3d 979
Cole v. Oroville Union High School District, (2000, 9th Cir.) 228 F.3d 1092
Lemon v. Kurtzman, (1971) 403 U.S. 602
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS
Guidance on Constitutionally Protected Prayer in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, February 2003
Religion in the Public Schools: A Joint Statement of Current Law, April 1995
California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov
U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov
Policy ELK GROVE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: October 29, 1984 Elk Grove, California
revised: December 4, 1995