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603.9 - Teaching About Religion

The school district is required to keep the practice of religion out of 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 [or designee] to ensure the study of religion in school is 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 religion.

Adopted: 3/99
Reviewed: 7/11; 9/12; 9/13; 2/15; 4/18; 6/21
Revised: 7/08; 2/24
Related Policy : 603.9-R; 603.10
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 279.8; 280.6
IASB Reference: 603.08