Bossier approves guidelines for religious expression on campus

Bossier students still can pray at start of school day if they choose
Updated: Apr. 19, 2018 at 11:19 PM CDT
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(Source: KSLA News 12)
(Source: KSLA News 12)

BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Bossier School District has new guidelines for religious expression on its campuses and at school-related events.

Board members approved the new policy 7-to-3 Thursday night.

The nine pages detail protocols for how schools should handle speakers, distribution of literature, promotion of personal religious beliefs and teaching of religion.

Plans will be made soon to brief teachers and staffers on the new policy.

See the document below for full details:

Earlier this year, Bossier School District was sued by the religious liberties watchdog group Americans United for Separation of Church and State on behalf of four Bossier Parish parents who think their childrens' religious freedom has been repeatedly violated by staffers.

The thought among school officials is that the litigation should be rendered moot by the board's action Thursday night.

"There's also a sense of the board that we want to update those policies regardless of this litigation and make sure that our employees that are asked to, who encounter issues on a day-to-day basis have the guidance that they need in how to best handle it," explained Bossier Parish School Board Attorney John Guice.

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