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Smithville ISD Statement on Religious Post

 
 
SMITHVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
  
PO Box 479
Ph. (512)237-2487
Smithville, Texas 78957
Fax (512)237-2775
 
 Cheryl Burns, Superintendent
 
Smithville ISD is aware of recent dialogue on social media and in the news media regarding religion and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Smithville ISD and its leadership and faculty are cognizant that the District, as an institution, may not promote religious views, nor be hostile to religious views. The “Establishment Clause” of the First Amendment requires neutrality toward religion by the government, including public school districts.

The First Amendment also guarantees citizens the right to free speech and free exercise of religion. We encourage and celebrate these freedoms and welcome the diversity of thought, worship, ideas and speech in our community. We support the right of students to express themselves. We support our employees free speech and free exercise rights as well, while being mindful of their on-duty responsibilities.

We will continue to train and communicate with our faculty and staff to ensure a safe and supportive learning community for all.

Cheryl Burns, Superintendent
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