22.396.15 97th Legislative Session 937

2022 South Dakota Legislature

House Bill 1015

Introduced by: The Committee on Education at the request of the Office of the Governor

An Act to require a moment of silence in schools to begin the school day.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:

Section 1. The legislature of South Dakota finds that schoolchildren and school employees are best served by a moment of silence at the start of every school day to afford them a reprieve from the frenzy of daily life and to set a tone of decorum that will be conducive to learning.

Section 2. That chapter 13-1 be amended with a NEW SECTION:

Each school district shall require students and school employees to have a moment of silence lasting up to one minute each morning that school is in session. Students and school employees may engage in voluntary prayer, reflection, meditation, or other quiet, respectful activity during the moment of silence. No school employee may dictate the action to be taken by students or school employees during the moment of silence. No student may interfere with another student’s engagement in the moment of silence. Nothing in this Act may be construed to permit schools to conduct the moment of silence as a religious exercise.

Underscores indicate new language.

Overstrikes indicate deleted language.