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Religious Clubs in School: Guidelines for School Districts
Introduction
Posted: September 22, 2004



Introduction
Elementary Schools
Secondary Schools
Sample Scenarios

What do the Equal Access Act and rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court require from Elementary and Secondary School Officials?

While the questions that may arise can be difficult, the underlying principle is fairly simple: a school district must never, in whatever it does, appear to endorse or disapprove of religion. Of course, what "endorsement" or "disapproval" means in practice depends heavily on the context of the activity at issue. As an educator or a parent, you must constantly ask yourself: would the average person think, from looking at what the school is doing, that the school is communicating a message in favor of or against religion? If the answer to this question is yes, then the activity is impermissible.

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