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432P - Minute of Silence

The Frederick County School Board recognizes that, pursuant to required state law, a minute of silence before each school day prepares students and staff for their respective work or school days.  Therefore, each teacher and student shall observe a minute of silence at the beginning period of each school day, allowing a valuable opportunity for personal introspection and instilling calm in the classroom. 

The teacher responsible for the beginning period shall take care that each student: (1) remains seated and silent and (2) does not disrupt or distract other students during the minute of silence.  The minute may be used for any lawful silent activity, including personal reflection, prayer and meditation, or for any other silent purpose of independent personal choice.




Legal References:
Code of Virginia, § 22.1-203.
Brown v. Gilmore, 2001 WL 829888 (4th. Cir. 2001)




Adopted: August 21. 2001