Administrative Procedures

Religious Education and Materials

Instruction & Assessment AP 264

Background

The distribution in schools of sacred writings, where there is worldwide adherence to some basic doctrines/ceremonies, is supportive of the ethical and spiritual values of public education.

Procedures

1. The distribution in schools of sacred writings, writings dedicated to or reserved for the worship of a deity, of major religions is at the sole discretion of the Principal and may be authorized for distribution in schools under the following conditions:

1.1.  Materials are free;

1.2.  Only the unedited and uninterrupted writings - in whole or in part - may be distributed;

1.3.  Parents have authorized consent through an “Opt in” form/card;

1.4.  Distribution can occur in one or more schools, at any grade, at any time of the year; and

1.5.  Schools are encouraged to have the sacred writings of various religions as reference material in school libraries.

2. Where the distribution of religious materials is deemed to be for the advancement of religion or a particular religion, staff is to ensure that school time is not made available to provide an “audience” for the distributor. Such events are to be scheduled outside of the school day and are not to be school sanctioned. In particular, the following activities are prohibited:

2.1.  The taking up of collections or the selling of religious subscriptions;

2.2.  The distribution of religious advertising materials;

2.3.  The distribution of religious questionnaires or surveys; and

2.4.  Promoting the sale of religious supplies, articles or materials.

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Date Approved: September 10, 2019

Reference: Education Act: 58
Alberta Human Rights Act
Guide to Education ECS to G. 12

Reviewed or Revised:
Executive: September, 2019

References shall be updated as required and do not require additional approval.