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Religion in our Schools as outlined by the US Government

•Students may read their Bibles or other scriptures, say a prayer before meals, and pray before tests.

•Students may attempt to persuade their peers concerning religious topics, just as they may political topics.
Harassment, however, (which is not defined) is not permissible.

•Students may use religious themes in their homework, artwork, or other assignments, and such work should be
judged (graded) by ordinary academic standards.

•Students have the right to distribute religious literature (tracts, etc.) to their schoolmates on the same terms as they
are permitted to distribute other literature.

•Students may be excused from lessons that are objectionable on religious or other conscientious grounds.

•Students may wear clothing depicting religious themes, and these messages may not be singled out for suppression.
They are subject to the same rules as apply to comparable messages.

•Students religious groups at public secondary schools have the same right of access to school facilities as is enjoyed
by other comparable student groups.

•Student meetings may include a prayer service, Bible reading, or other worship exercise.

•Students may use the public address system, the school newspaper, and the school bulletin board to announce their
meetings, on the same terms as other student groups. (This only applies to schools receiving federal funds.)

•School authorities may not discriminate against religious activity or speech.

•School officials may not mandate or organize prayer at graduation ceremonies, nor organize
baccalaureate services.

•School officials, as representatives of the state, may not solicit or encourage religious activity, nor participate in such
activity with the students.

•School official may dismiss students to off‑premises religious instruction. They may not allow religious instruction
by outsiders on school premises during the school day.

•Schools may teach about religion, including the Bible or other scripture, the history of religion, the
Bible‑as‑literature, and the role of religion in the United States and other countries.

•Schools are to be neutral with respect to religion. However, they may play an active role with respect to teaching civic
values and virtue, and the moral code that holds us together as a community.