603.08 – Teaching About Religion

The school district is required to keep the practice of religion out of the school curriculum. The Board recognizes the key role religion has played in the history of the world and authorizes the study of religious history and traditions as part of the curriculum. Preferential or derogatory treatment of a single religion will not take place.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure the study of religion in the schools in keeping with the following  guidelines:

  • the proposed activity must have a secular purpose;
  • the primary objective of the activity must not be one that advances or inhibits religion; and
  • the activity must not foster excessive governmental entanglement with religion.

Legal Reference:    U.S. Const. amend. I.; Lee v. Weisman.  112  S.Ct.  2649 (1992).;     Lemon v.   Kurtzman, 403  U.S. 602 (1971).; Graham v. Central Community  School  District of  Decatur County, 608 F.Supp.  531 (S.D.   Iowa 1985).; I   Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.6 (2007).

Date of Adoption: January 19, 2009

Reviewed & Revised: March 21, 2016; June 17, 2019

603.08R1 Teaching About Religion Regulations-Religious Holidays