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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:

            1.  the proposed activity must have a secular purpose;


            2.  the primary objective of the activity must not be one that advances or

                 inhibits religion; and


            3.  the activity must not foster excessive governmental entanglement with







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).

                                    Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.6 (2013).


Cross Reference:        603      Instructional Curriculum

                                    604.6   Religious-Based Exclusion from a School Program

                                    606.4   School Ceremonies and Observances


Approved:                    1-26-98

Reviewed:                    7-21-03, 10-8-07, 1-14-13, 4-9-18