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BP 6115 Ceremonies and Observances

KPBSD Policy Manual

BP 6115


Patriotic Exercises

The School Board encourages activities that instill pride in our country. The Pledge of Allegiance shall be recited or patriotic exercises conducted each day.

The District respects the legal right of individuals not to participate in the salute to the flag for personal reasons.

This policy shall be posted in the Parent/Student Handbook annually.  Employees will also be notified annually.

(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)
(cf.6141.2- Recognition of Religious Beliefs and Customs)

Special Days and Events

District schools shall commemorate special days and events in accordance with law. Schools are encouraged to recognize days and events of local significance.

District schools shall be closed in observance of Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July.

Holidays which fall on a Sunday shall be observed the following Monday. Holidays which fall on a Saturday shall be observed the preceding Friday.

(cf.6111- School Calendar)

Legal Reference:

14.03.050 School holidays
14.03.130 Display of flag and pledge of allegiance
41.15.900 Observance of Arbor Day

West Virginia State Board of Education , et al . v. Burnette, et al 319 U.S. 624 (1943)4

Banks v. Board of Public Instruction , 314 F. Supp. 285

Hanover v. Northrup , 325 F. Supp. 170

Revised: 6/6/2016