SHUTESBURY SCHOOL COMMITTEE OBSERVANCE OF RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS
Part of the responsibility of the Shutesbury Public Schools is to teach mutual understanding, brotherhood, and respect for all individuals and all beliefs. In pursuit of this goal, the Shutesbury Public School Program should take cognizance of the fact that holidays are observed differently by different groups. However, since religious belief and disbelief are personal matters and not associated with governmental authority in our form of government and since some religious holidays are also historically and culturally significant to our way of life, the following should govern the Shutesbury School’s perspective toward religious holidays:
The purpose and objectives of any religious holiday activities shall be related to the historical and cultural effect of that day, or days and such activities will remain secular.
(Retyped 9/9/87) (ws7 A:sh6115.87)/vlv