Sound Off: Does Unified School District 497 make accommodations for Muslim students to pray during school hours? If so, are any employees of the district paid to oversee these prayer meetings?
“Yes, our typical practice is to provide release time for parents to pick up their students from school for prayer time. In some cases, however, schools may make other accommodations if release time is not possible,” said David Cunningham, the district’s director of legal services, human resources and policy. “School staff do not directly supervise student prayers, but children are not left unattended while at school.”