IGACA - Recognition of Religious Beliefs and Customs
Religious education is the responsibility of the home and church and within the district’s schools shall remain the free choice of the individual, true to American heritage and the Constitution.
However, religion influences many areas of education, such as literature and history and religion’s role in civilization can and should be properly taught. Teachers may provide information and opportunity for students to study the forms of various religions. It is proper for teachers to teach about religion as opposed to teaching sectarian beliefs, although study of the Bible and other sacred documents as literary forms may inform students concerning particular sectarian belief.
No religious belief or non-belief should be promoted by the district or its employees and none should be disparaged. Instead, the district should utilize its opportunity to foster understanding and mutual respect among students and parents, whether it involves race, culture, economic background or religious beliefs. In that spirit of tolerance, students and staff members should be excused from participating in practices which are contrary to their religious beliefs without penalty unless there are clear issues of overriding concern that would prevent it.
The district recognizes that one of its educational goals should be to advance the student’s knowledge and appreciation of the role that our religious heritages have played in the social, cultural and historical development of civilization.