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District 203 Update

Superintendent Dan Bridges began the meeting by addressing the recent controversy surrounding coach-led prayer at Naperville Central.

“It’s a matter of law really, the establishment clause within our First Amendment, that our staff members, the employees of the school district, cannot lead, participate in prayer related activities, but that does not prohibit students themselves from their own freedom of expression,” said Bridges.

The board also learned more about the Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act, which Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law in August.

“The purpose of the new law is to ensure students in illinois, who have sustained a concussion, receive comprehensive support from their school to address both their physical and cognitive needs while their brains are recovering from a concussion injury,” said Jeanette Harris, Supervisor of Health Services for District 203.

Beginning in the 2016-2017 academic year, all schools must implement Return-To-Learn, and Return-To-Play protocols for students with concussions. While the district already has protocols in place, their Concussion Oversight Team is reviewing all procedures and plans to update district policy as needed.

And some final business, with a unanimous vote, the board approved the proposed tax levy rate of 5.3% for 2015 and voted to house Naper Elementary’s fifth graders at Washington Junior High beginning next school year.

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.


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