Programs to commemorate important events, people, and holidays are traditional events in our schools and celebrated by many families in the community. Commemorative programs in schools must ensure that religious and non-religious sensitivities of all students are respected and that such programs reinforce respect and appreciation for diversity. Principals bear the major responsibility of working with pupils, parents, and teachers to develop school-wide programs and activities.

The following guidelines shall be observed:

  1. The actual dates of commemorative days, events, and holidays shall be respected when establishing school calendars of activities and programs.
  2. The primary purpose of any religious or non-religious observances shall be the acquisition of derived educational value(s) through exposure to historical events, national heritages, and cultural diversity.
  3. Introduction to a variety of cultures and religious beliefs shall be encouraged during any holiday program. Specific religious activities and discussions of theological philosophy are discouraged.
  4. Student participation in any commemorative day, event or holiday observance shall be voluntary.
  5. Students may create visual and/or musical works in commemoration of a religious or non-religious event, person, or ceremony.


Adopted: April 9, 1973
Revised: December 11, 2018