5350.08 | Release from Lessons, Based on Religious Objections

Subject to any applicable State laws, school officials may neither encourage nor discourage students from availing themselves of being excused from lessons that are objectionable to the student or the student's parents on religious or other conscientious grounds. If it is proved that the particular lessons substantially burden a student's free exercise of religion and if the school cannot prove a compelling interest in requiring attendance, the school administration is to excuse the student from such lessons. (3-26-02)