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Adoption Date: 06/22/2021

History: 4/26/22 (reviewed), 3/28/23 (reviewed), 3/26/24 (updated)

In notifying the superintendent or designee, the parents will abide by the following:

  • The notice is in writing;
  • The objection is based on religious beliefs; and
  • The objection will state which activities or studies violate their religious beliefs.

The superintendent or designee will have discretion to make this determination. The factors the superintendent or designee will consider when a student requests to be excluded from a program or activity because of religious beliefs include, but are not limited to, staff available to supervise a student who wishes to be excluded, space to house the student while the student is excluded, available superintendent-approved alternative course of study or activity while the student is excluded, number of students who wish to be excluded, whether allowing the exclusion places the school in a position of supporting a particular religion, and whether the program or activity is required for promotion to the next grade level or for graduation.

Policy References:

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 §§ 256.11(6); 279.8.

Cross Reference:

603.8 Teaching About Religion
603.8R1 Teaching About Religion - Regulation-Religious Holidays
606.2 School Ceremonies and Observances


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