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Policies » Section I: Instruction » IMDA: Patriotic Exercises

Policy Date: 03/07/2018

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The school district should begin the day with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Pupil participation in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance shall be voluntary. Pupils not participating in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance may silently stand or remain seated but shall be required to respect the rights of those pupils electing to participate. If this paragraph shall be declared unconstitutional or otherwise invalid, the remaining paragraphs in this section shall not be affected, and shall continue in full force and effect.

In accordance with federal law, the District shall offer an education program(s) each year on Constitution Day to commemorate the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution. The Principal shall establish administrative guidelines ensuring that the District observes Constitution Day properly and in a manner befitting the importance of the event.

Further, during the weeks of Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the district will devote time for exercises of a patriotic nature, including a discussion of the words, meaning, and history of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner.

New Hampshire observes General John Stark Day on the second Monday in April. Schools in the District may commemorate the day with appropriate educational activities.

Legal Reference:
RSA 189:18, Patriotic Exercises, 36 U.S. C. 106, Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, Section 111 of Div. J of Public Law 108-447, RSA 4:13-l, General John Stark Day

Adopted: January 4, 2001
Reviewed: February 2, 2017
Revised: March 7, 2018