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2270 - Religion in Curriculum

An understanding of religions and their effects on civilization is essential to the complete education of young people and to their appreciation of a pluralistic society. To that end, curriculum may include instruction about the religions of the world as appropriate to the various ages and attainments of the students.

The Board acknowledges the degree to which a religious consciousness has influenced the arts, literature, music, and issues of morality. The instructional and resource materials approved for use in the District schools frequently contain religious references or concern moral issues that have traditionally been the focus of religious concern. That such materials may be religious in nature shall not, by itself, bar their use by the District. The Board directs that instructional staff members employing such materials to be neutral in their approach and avoid using them to advance or inhibit religion in any way.

The Board recognizes that religious traditions vary in their perceptions and doctrines regarding the natural world, its processes, and accounts of the passage of time. The curriculum is chosen for its place in the education of the District's students, not for its conformity to religious principles. Students should receive unbiased instruction in the schools so they may privately accept or reject the knowledge thus gained in accordance with their own religious tenets.

The Superintendent shall establish procedures to address non-attendance based on religious reasons.

F.S. 1003.45
U.S. Constitutional Amendment 1

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