Religious Equality at CNG sign now

As stated in our school's credo:
Diversity of race, religion and ability enhance the CNG educational experience.
Presently, such fairness and diversity are not reflected in our Elementary and Primary curriculum.
Catholic religion class is offered to a select few during regular school hours, while the remaining students who opt out of their class not only face faith-based discrimination, but are also subjected to paying the cost in time and money for a class they can not take. At Elementary level, while a change has been made to position religion outside class time in 4th and 5th grades, 3rd grade students still have classes inside the school time and budget.
We hope this situation is reconciled next year. To effectively reflect our schools credo, the following changes are suggested (not exclusionary of other suggestions):
1. Religion classes for any faith are to be offered only outside of regular school hours.
2. The cost of such classes (including faculty and supplies) should be assumed by the students taking the class.
3. The use of facilities of the school can be offered to the groups at no additional cost, but with no endorsement.
4. Diversity will continue to be fostered in the classroom through appropriate sharing of experiences and thoughts as organized by teachers (e.g. Christmas or holiday parties, show and tell of celebrations, etc.) Teachers should note to give time to all credos, and to foster a caring and sensitive environment.
5. Should a specific group have a religious celebration that impedes their presence at school, the administration and/or teachers should be made aware of the event in advance. (E.g. Retreats, Rosh-Hashana, Ramadan) No negative academic consequences should be enforced and an appropriate make-up period should be allowed.
In sum, our school should embrace in all aspects the freedom of credo and religion, celebrating diversity without choosing one religious identity over others.

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