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Pledge of Allegiance guidelines

Students and staff in the City School District of Albany start each day with the Pledge of Allegiance as part of the morning routine. The following guidelines apply for students and staff regarding the pledge. You also can download these guidelines.

 

Students can: District can:
Refuse to stand for the pledge
Educate students on the history, use and role of the pledge, and students' First Amendment rights with respect to the pledge
Refuse to say the pledge Discipline students who cause a disruption during the pledge
Say the pledge but refuse to say the words "under God."  
Voluntarily leave the room if they prefer to wait in the hall while the pledge is recited District cannot:
Remain seated in unity with others Force students to stand for the pledge
Peacefully protest Force students to recite the pledge
  Force students to salute
Students cannot: Require students to receive parental permission before extercising their right
Cause a disruption that impacts the educational environment Discipline or punish students for peacefully exercising their right by requiring essays, docking participation grades or singling out a non-participating student or students by making them go elsewhere during the pledge
Violently protest

 

 

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