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On Bring Your Bible to School Day — this year’s event is on Thursday, October 1, 2020 — students across the nation will share God’s love with their friends. It’s an annual event for students sponsored by Focus on the Family. The event is designed to empower students to express their belief in the truth of God’s Word — and to do so in a respectful way that demonstrates the love of Christ.
Participation is completely up to students. Christian clubs and youth groups can sign up online and lead the activities in their school.
Be sure to mark your calendars and be counted by registering to participate in this event!
Yes, they can! As a student, they have constitutional rights to bring their Bible to school whenever they would like. These rights fall into two basic categories:
1) First Amendment rights: As a student in a public school, your child has First Amendment rights to engage in voluntary, free speech conversations in a way that does not interfere with or substantially disrupt classroom time and academic instruction. That means they can voluntarily express their personal and religious beliefs to their classmates through verbal or written expressions, as long as they follow school policy and do not engage in these activities during classroom or instruction time.
2) Equal Access rights: Student clubs (including Christian ones) and individuals also have equal access rights to participate in the same free speech expressions and activities already allowed by the school for other clubs and individuals. For instance, if the school allows students or clubs to put up posters or distribute cards containing messages about a current topic, they should not discriminate against other students or clubs who also want to use those same free speech venues.
First, they should be counted by signing up for the event. They can do that here (a parent or guardian will need to sign them up if they are under 13). Then, they can check out all the ways they can prepare for the event. They shouldn’t forget to join the year-round conversation with other Bring Your Bible to School Day participants and families on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
As a Christian student, your child can be a powerful voice of hope at your school! In the Bible, it was often young people who led the way for the rest of their culture by taking a courageous stand for their belief in God. Check out the books of Daniel and Esther, which tell the stories of a young man and woman who, despite their youth, had the courage to share God’s truth and love with those around them.
The New Testament also speaks to the difference your student can make: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)
Also, by bringing their Bible to school and expressing their faith, they are helping to protect religious freedoms for other students. For more the impact your student can make, check out 5 Reasons to Get Involved in Bring Your Bible to School Day.
Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive in this culture. We’re here to come alongside families with relevance and grace at each stage of their journey. We support families as they seek to teach their children about God and His beautiful design for the family, protect themselves from the harmful influences in culture and equip themselves to make a greater difference in the lives of those around them.
No matter who you are, what you’re going through or what challenges your family may be facing, we’re here to help. With practical resources—like our 1-800-A-FAMILY (1-800-232-6459) help line, counseling, and websites—we’re committed to providing trustworthy biblical guidance and support.
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family. ADF offers pro bono legal assistance as deemed appropriate for Bring Your Bible to School Day students who encounter unconstitutional roadblocks to their free speech rights.
Yes! Government schools cannot censor students from engaging in voluntary free speech (written or verbal) about their deeply held religious beliefs — as long as the speech does not interrupt or cause a substantial disruption to academic instruction. For more information about this, review the legal resources in the Know Your Rights section.
Students from kindergarten all the way up to through college can participate!
While your student doesn’t need official permission to simply hold conversations with other classmates, it is a good idea to check for applicable school policies or notify school officials that they plan to participate and promote Bring Your Bible to School Day.
In general, according to First Amendment principles, schools should allow your child to distribute student-initiated messages (like posters, etc.) before and after class.
However, schools do have the ability to enforce basic procedures and regulations that students need to follow to engage in these activities. What schools can’t do, however, is enforce these regulations in a biased way and practice what’s known as “viewpoint discrimination” — which means allowing certain groups and students to engage in activities while censoring or prohibiting other groups and students from engaging in those same activities simply because school officials happen to disagree with a certain viewpoint. Federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, have repeatedly prohibited this kind of discrimination.
So if other students and clubs are allowed to put up posters and distribute cards, Christian clubs and Bring Your Bible to School Day participants should be given the same freedom. Also, schools must take care to enforce any regulations in a fair and neutral way. This means they can’t require more rules or restrictions for some student groups, while not enforcing those rules for others who are engaging in the same exact activities.
First, they should remember — even when encountering opposition or obstacles — it is extremely important to demonstrate the spirit of Christ and remain respectful at all times. If a principal or teacher (or someone else in authority) prohibits them from participating in these activities, they can request that they check with a supervisor or school attorney (see Responding to Challenges for more details).
If they continue to insist that your student stop doing something, such as handing out flyers, the student should stop immediately. Then you as the parent or guardian can call 1-800-TELL-ADF for help in resolving the situation quickly. ADF (Alliance Defending Freedom) has a team of experienced lawyers ready and willing to help you remove any unconstitutional roadblocks you may face.
Again, the most important thing your student can do is to reflect the spirit of Christ by remaining confident while demonstrating compassion and kindness. They shouldn’t return insults or lose their temper. Tips for handling these situations are available in Responding to Challenges.
No. The posters and Conversations Cards provided on this site are designed to communicate a message in the most loving and respectful way. It is very important that the materials not be altered in any way, shape, or form.