STUDENT FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
  • GRADUATION CEREMONY
    1. The decision whether an Invocation and Benediction are to be included in the graduation ceremonies shall be entirely within the discretion of the graduating senior class.
    2. In the event that the senior class chooses to include an Invocation and Benediction, the class shall determine who shall deliver the Invocation and Benediction.
  • BACCALAUREATE SERVICE
    1. A baccalaureate service, initiated and led by the graduating senior class may be held in school facilities.
    2. The content of the ceremony is to be determined by the aforesaid graduating senior class, and the ceremony may include outside speakers of the students' choosing.
  • SPECIAL EVENT/SCHOOL ASSEMBLY
    1. When a student is allowed to speak at a school event or assembly on a topic of the student’s choosing, the student may decide to share religious convictions, pray, or refrain from such free speech. Such student free speech may only be punished if it is substantially and materially disruptive, lewd or obscene.
    2. When a student is allowed to speak at a school event or assembly on a topic selected by the school, the content and style of the student's speech may be controlled by school officials if the limitation is reasonably related to legitimate teaching concerns. However, the individual student's view-points on school selected topics may not be censored or punished, whether religious or otherwise.
  • PREPARATION FOR THE SCHOOL DAY

    Individual students are free at any time to reflect according to their own consciences, as long as they are silent and such reflection is not inconsistent with that student's or others' learning.

    Ref: St. Tammany Parish School Board - 9/8/94, Doe v. Doe, CA 00-30874, U.S. (CA 5th Cir. December 2001)