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Establishment Clause

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.