BP 6141.2 Recognition of Religious Beliefs and Customs

KPBSD Policy Manual

BP 6141.2


Factual and objective teaching about religion must be distinguished from religious indoctrination, which is 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.

Instructional programs may include references to religion and may use religious literature, art, music or symbols to illustrate the subject matter being taught. Such instruction should be designed to broaden the students' understanding of social and cultural history and their tolerance for the multiple ways of life practiced by the peoples of the world. Instruction about religious holidays shall be carefully tied to these educational objectives.

The Board recognizes the rights of all students to engage in private religious activity, individually or in groups. This may include reading of religious texts, religious discussions, and prayer.

Staff members shall be sensitive to their obligation not to interfere with the philosophical/religious development of each student, in whatever tradition the student embraces. Students may voluntarily pray at any time before, during or after the school day when not engaged in instruction or other school activities, subject to the same rules of order that apply to other student activities.

School-sponsored programs should not be, nor have the effect of being, a religious celebration.

(cf.5113 - Absences and Excuses)
(cf.5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)
(cf.6115 - Ceremonies and Observances)
(cf.6144 - Controversial Issues)


Legal Reference:

14.03.90 Partison, sectarian or denominational doctrines prohibited


NO CHLD LEFT BEHIND ACT, § 9524, P.L. 107-110 (2002)


Adoption Date: 1/16/06