Policy IHAL: Religion in Schools

  The School Committees believe, in accordance with the principles statedin the US Constitution, that religious belief and disbelief are mattersof personal consideration and that the public schools should be neutralin matters of religion, neither opposing nor promoting religion. TheCommittee also believes that such neutrality does not mean silence aboutreligion since religion has an important place in history, culture andthe arts. The public schools should help students to becomeknowledgeable about and respectful of the variety of beliefs that areheld in a pluralistic society. Staff must be sensitive to the differingreligious beliefs of their students when school programs and activitiesthat include matters about religion are planned and implemented. TheSuperintendent will develop administrative guidelines and procedures forthe implementation of this policy.

Region Voted to Approve: 2/27/86 (minor wording change for consistency in fall 07)
Amherst Voted to Approve: 8/18/86
Pelham Voted to Approve: 8/18/86
Effective Date: 8/18/86