Recognition Of Religious Beliefs And Customs
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. School-sponsored 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 optional for that student, in accordance with the Education Code or at the discretion of the Superintendent or designee.
The Board of Trustees recognizes that holidays demonstrate the diversity and rich heritage of our community members. Classroom decorations and costumes may express seasonal themes that are not religious in nature.
(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)
(cf. 6144 - Controversial Issues)
Policy TAMALPAIS UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: February 9, 1993 Larkspur, California