• IGAC: Teaching about Religion


    Schools must be neutral in matters of religion. The District must show no preference for one religion over another and refrain from promoting any religion. No pupil shall be required to participate in programs or meditations based upon moral, philosophical, or patriotic themes if they are contrary to the religious convictions of the pupil or the pupil’s parent(s) or guardian(s).

    Teaching about religious holidays or religion should be objective, avoid any doctrinal impact, and avoid the implication that school authority supports religious doctrines.

    It is the responsibility of the public schools to foster mutual understanding and respect for all individuals and beliefs. In pursuing this goal, teachers in public schools should recognize that holidays are observed differently by different religious groups. Teachers should also respect that some individuals’ beliefs do not include religious observances.


    • Adopted: October 4, 2001
    • Amended: March 29, 2022

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