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VA Muslim Student Allowed Islamic Attire in Gym Class

CAIR-MD/VA: VA MUSLIM STUDENT ALLOWED ISLAMIC ATTIRE IN GYM CLASS

(HERNDON, VA, 9/28/06) – The Maryland and Virginia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MD/VA) announced today that a Muslim ninth-grader attending Lake Braddock High School in Burke, Va., will now be allowed to wear Islamic attire in gym class after initially being threatened with failing the class if she did not wear shorts. The teacher allegedly wrongfully asserted that the law required that the student wear the shorts.

The student’s family contacted CAIR-MD/VA for assistance in resolving the issue. Following discussions with school officials, the student was moved to a different gym class and will be allowed to dress in attire that meets her religious needs. CAIR-MD/VA will conduct diversity training for some of the school’s newer staff.

CAIR-MD/VA has also launched an initiative to visit local middle and high schools to review their policies for accommodating the religious needs of Muslim students during Ramadan, Eid and throughout the school year.

CAIR offers a booklet, called “An Educator’s Guide to Islamic Religious Practices,” that is designed to help school officials offer reasonable religious accommodation to Muslim students.

CONTACT: CAIR-MD/VA Project Manager Iman Zenhom, E-Mail: iman_zenhom@cairmd.org, Tel: 703-689-3100 or 571-723-8763

 

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