Schools may not give religious groups unique access to school property to befriend, proselytize or give presentations to students.
Schools may not allow pastors, religious youth clubs, ministers or churches onto school grounds during the school day (e.g., the lunch room) to “talk” with students. It is common sense not to permit outside adults access to prey on students, whatever their agenda. Ministries often claim expertise in social issues such as suicide prevention or drug addiction in order to infiltrate public schools and lead assemblies, which either directly promote religious messages, or invite students to evening evangelizing events.
Public schools must exercise due diligence. Often a quick scan of the website reveals a religious agenda. Genuine experts, such as local police and county mental health experts, offer schools free, secular programs.
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