Patriotism

The Education Code of the State of California, Section 52720 , states in part that:

In every public secondary school there shall be conducted daily appropriate patriotic exercises. The giving of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America shall satisfy such requirement. Such patriotic exercises for secondary schools shall be conducted in accordance with the regulations which shall be adopted by the governing board of the district maintaining the secondary school.

Regulations covering this specification and other patriotic observances have been adopted by the district Board of Education and written into district Administrative Procedure 4922 (pdf). The procedure states, in part, that:

  1. In each elementary classroom, the pledge of allegiance to the flag shall be given, followed by the singing of an appropriate patriotic song such as "The Star Spangled Banner", "America", or "America the Beautiful".
  2. In each secondary school appropriate patriotic exercises shall be conducted daily. Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America satisfies this requirement. If the pledge is not given, the manner of complying with the Education Code is the responsibility of the school administrator.
  3. It is the responsibility of teachers to instruct students in the principles of a free government and a true comprehension of the rights, duties, and dignity of American citizenship.