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8/23/16 STATEMENT: Pledge of Allegiance Non Participation

Posted August 23, 12:15pm
Leon County Schools values patriotism, civic responsibility, and the pledge of allegiance.

A change to Florida law this year requires all school districts to publish in the student code of conduct booklet the students’ right to not participate in reciting the pledge of allegiance.

In complying with the change in law, our staff developed a form for parents to use to exercise that right.

Superintendent Pons received several messages from the community in regards to this process and-- upon further inspection--made the decision to remove the form and revise the code of conduct booklet.

We apologize for any confusion the form may have caused. We understand that approximately 400 paper copies were distributed before the superintendent stopped the process.

• Florida Statute 1003.44 dictates to all school districts in Florida that, "each student shall be informed by a written notice published in the student handbook or a similar publication pursuant to s. 1006.07(2) that the student has the right not to participate in reciting the pledge."
• In a district of 35,000 students, 3,500 paper copies of the booklet were produced—with approximately 400 distributed.