Please see the following statement from MVCSC Superintendent Dr. Robbins in regards to student's first amendment rights, which can be printed HERE. The full school board policy can be found by typing in 8800 in the search bar at this link: http://www.neola.com/mtvernoncomm-in/:
We had an unfortunate incident involving one classroom of 1st grade students at McCordsville Elementary School this week surrounding a debate on religion. In response, the classroom teacher crafted a letter on expectations and sent it home to parents. First and foremost, board policy #8800 outlines religious expression at school by students. To simply summarize, MVCSC employees can neither advance nor inhibit religious views. Trying to limit a student’s view on religion is a violation of a student’s first amendment rights. However, if the discussion becomes an academic disruption, then as a district, we can intervene to maintain the integrity of the educational process while at the same time being sure to not violate a student’s constitutional rights.
It is the position of the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation to respect the diversity of our students. In doing so, we will address sensitive topics with compassion while maintaining the integrity of our academic environment. Our goal is to build bridges with our patrons and not put up roadblocks. I believe this was a learning experience and an opportunity for us to improve as a school district.
Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC, LAT
Superintendent of Schools
Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation