Policy 8241


In order to promote a spirit of patriotic and civil service and obligation, as well as to foster in students of the District moral and intellectual qualities which are essential in preparing them to meet the obligations of citizenship, the Board requires students attending District schools, over the age of eight years, to attend instructional courses in patriotism, citizenship, civic education and values, our shared history of diversity, the role of religious tolerance in this country, and human rights issues, with particular attention to the study of the inhumanity of genocide, slavery (including the Freedom Trail and Underground Railroad), the Holocaust, and the mass starvation in Ireland from 1845 to 1850. 

The Board also directs that all students attending District schools in grades 8 through 12 receive instruction in the history, meaning, significance and effect of the United States Constitution, the New York State Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence.

The curricula for these courses must include the subjects specified by the Board of Regents and be for the period of instruction, as mandated by the Regents, which is necessary in these subjects in each of the appropriate grades.

One week during each school year a uniform course of exercises will be provided to teach students, in an age appropriate manner, the purpose, meaning, and importance of the Bill of Rights Articles in the United States and New York State Constitutions. These exercises will be in addition to the above required courses.

In addition, since the District receives Federal Funds for a fiscal year, it will hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17th of each year for the students in the District to commemorate the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution, known as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. However, when September 17 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, this day will be held during the preceding or following week.

The Board directs that the above named subjects, as mandated by law, be addressed in the instructional curricula provided by the District.

Policy References:
Education Law § 801
36 USC § 106

NOTE:  Refer also to
Policy 8242 - Civility, Citizenship and Character Education/Interpersonal Violence Prevention Education

Adopted: 6/22/99
Revised: 9/6/22, 2/28/23

Policy 8241