WINNSBORO- Fairfield County Superintendent of Schools J.R Green hosted a faith based breakfast to discuss the importance of positive partnerships between the faith community and the school district.
The breakfast was held on last week with about 15 faith members and leaders in attendance. The attendees were encouraged to build a relationship with the district and to take part in the lives of their church members even during the school day.
Faith leaders learned at the meeting it is alright for them to go to schools during lunch periods and sit and talk with those in their respected congregation as long as they abide by the school visitor policy.
Many in attendance were surprise by the fact that it is okay for them to even take part in prayer with the students during that time as well.
Green explained that although there is a separation between school and church there is nothing that says a minister or community member cannot do this as long as the school or its staff is not the ones taking the lead in the prayers.
Green went on to say, “Students can take part in prayers but that the teachers, administrators, or staff can not lead the prayers.”
Some students take part in the prayer at the flag pole, but this is not something that the school or district requires. The next faith based breakfast will Dec. 12 at the district office.