Myth: Public school students aren’t allowed to sing or play Christmas carols.
Fact: Students can sing and perform religious carols along with secular ones. The purpose is to teach about our society’s cultural and religious heritage and allow students to perform a full range of music, poetry and drama.
Myth: Teachers and students are banned from saying “Merry Christmas.”
Fact: The Supreme Court stated that teachers and students do not shed their right of free speech at the schoolhouse gate. Saying a simple greeting does not violate the First Amendment Establishment Clause.
Myth: Public schools cannot display religious Christmas symbols.
Fact: A public school is free to display a Nativity scene among other forms of religious and secular seasonal expression with the purpose of depicting the origins of the holiday.
Myth: Students cannot hand out invitations to a Christmas party held at their church.
Fact: When students are allowed to pass out invitations to birthday parties and other events, the courts have ruled that First Amendment free speech rights are guaranteed to even young students.