Holidays and Religious Expression in Public Schools: Avoid the Pitfalls This Season
From Christmas Carols to Menorahs and Nativity Scenes, days off for religious holy days to recognition of holidays in the classroom, the holiday season in public schools, while festive, can be rife with First Amendment challenges. In this session, we will review relevant caselaw and provide an overview for schools on how to prevent liability while navigating the holiday season.
Please join attorney Erin Gilsbach as she addresses such issues as the performance of religious holiday songs and stories by school-sponsored groups, First Amendment rights of students to create and display religious-themed artwork in public school forums, the rights of students to express religious beliefs and wear religious holiday-themed apparel and icons, the rights of employees to discuss or display evidence of their religious beliefs within the public school setting, and much more. She will provide a review of well-established caselaw on the issue as well as an update regarding current national litigation trends on the topic.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:
- Are schools permitted to use religion-specific terms like “Christmas,” “Hanukkah,” etc.
- What are the rights of students with regards to religious holiday expression within the public school setting?
- What are the rights of public school employees to display, discuss, or otherwise indicate their personal religious holiday preferences/beliefs?
- What are the rights and limitations of schools to display student religious-themed artwork?
- What are the rights and limitations of schools to permit the performance of religious-themed musical performances?
- Are schools permitted to have specific holiday-themed displays if they represent a variety of religious viewpoints?
- AND MUCH MORE!
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