Board Policy 6080

Seasonal Observances

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    No religious belief or non-belief shall be promoted by the district or its employees. Seasonal observances of holidays which have both religious and secular significance are acceptable if presented educationally rather than devotionally.

     

    Music, art, literature and drama having religious themes or bases may be included in school sponsored activities and programs if presented in a prudent and objective manner and as a traditional part of the cultural and/or religious heritage of the particular holiday.

     

    Seasonal programs and activities serve as a natural outgrowth of a student’s educational studies. Educational staff shall be permitted to periodically present programs with the provision that a student or staff member may be excused from participation.

     

    District employees shall be sensitive to the religious and/or cultural makeup of the school population and should take into account religious and/or cultural diversity in society beyond the local community. Decisions shall always be appropriate to context and reflect overall balance among religious and/or cultural traditions.