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I.03 Treatment Of Religious Issues - April 2001 Revision

Note: This policy was revised in June 2013. We provide this revision for historic purposes only. Please refer to the current policy.

The Board of Education endorses a neutral stance in matters involving religion. The District will adhere to the following guidelines: The school year calendar will be planned to avoid conflict with religious holidays. In case of conflict, students will be allowed non-penalized absences to observe religious holidays.

The sacred literature of all faiths may be studied only for its historical, artistic, cultural, literary, or other secular importance. Religious exhibits, music, or display of religious objects or symbols are permissible only if they are used as learning materials in these studies.

School facilities may be used by religious groups outside of school hours or when such use will not conflict or interfere with the school program in accordance with Board Policy K.03.

The District will not conduct or sanction any invocations, benedictions, or formal prayers at the graduation ceremony.

Board Policy Cross Ref.: K.03 Community Use of Buildings, Grounds and Equipment

Cross Ref.: APS Student Behavior Handbook

NSBA/NEPN Classification: IMB

Approved: September 7, 1983
Revised: January 17, 1990
Revised: February 20, 1996
Revised: April 2001