We’re walking a thin line here regarding this prayer space. Yes, the official line is that it is not religion specific, but it just “happens” to coincide with the beginning of Ramadan? Not a convincing coincidence. So, what about our Catholic children? Today, the Solemnity of the Ascension, is a “high holy day”. According to the Church’s teaching, we’re supposed to refrain from work and spend the day as a Sunday, dedicated to family and spiritual things. This Holy Day was mentioned today during any announcements or accommodated in any way. Just where is the line to be drawn?

Written by on May 25, 2017 in Grapevine

A. These are not prayer rooms. They are unused, private office spaces that will be made available for students to use to perform their religious obligations during their holiday. There are no markings, symbols or otherwise that would designate them as prayer rooms. The district makes accommodations for other religions as well (i.e., the district is closed on Good Friday and Yom Kippur). Also, for any religious holiday, like Solemnity of the Ascension, students are allowed to leave or miss school and it is an excused absence. The difference with Ramadan is that it is a month long. Plus it is not just prayer. It includes specific obligations that must be performed a couple of times a day that accompany the prayer. Any student with specific needs or obligations based on their religion is always welcome to talk with the principal to determine the best way to meet those needs.