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BP 6142.3



Civic Education


The San Benito County Board of Education (County Board) recognizes that citizen involvement in civic and political institutions is essential to a democratic government and desires to provide a comprehensive civic education program to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and principles essential for informed, responsible citizenship.


The County Board shall approve, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent or designee, academic standards and curriculum in civics and government that are aligned with state academic standards and curriculum frameworks.


The Superintendent or designee shall determine specific courses within the K-12 curriculum in which civic education and government may be explicitly and systematically taught.  He/she also shall encourage the integration of civic education into other subjects as appropriate.


The San Benito County Office of Education’s Alternative Education civic education program shall provide students with an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizens in American democracy and the workings of federal, state, and local governments. As appropriate, instruction should include an examination of fundamental American documents, including, but not limited to, the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and other significant writings and speeches.


To develop a sense of political effectiveness, instruction should develop students’ understanding of the importance of civic participation in a democratic society. Service learning, extracurricular and cocurricular activities, class and school elections, and observation of local government processes may be used to reinforce classroom instruction by linking civic knowledge to practical experience and encouraging civic involvement.


Instruction also should promote a student’s understanding of shared democratic principles and values, such as personal responsibility, justice, equality, respect for others, civic-mindedness, and patriotism, and enable students to make their own commitment to these civic values.


Constitution/Citizenship Day


Each year on or near September 17, in commemoration of Constitution and Citizenship Day, the San Benito County Office of Education Alternative Education shall hold an educational program for students in grades K-12 pertaining to the United States Constitution which shall include exercises and instruction in the purpose, meaning, and importance of the Constitution, including the Bill of Rights.  (Education Code 37221; P.L. 108-447, Sec. 111)



Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE: 233.5 Teaching of principles; 33540  Standards for government and civics instruction ; 37221 Commemorative exercises including anniversary of U.S. Constitution; 48205  Absence from school for jury duty or precinct board service; 51210  Courses of study, grades 1-6; 51220  Courses of study, grades 7-12

ELECTIONS CODE: 12302  Precinct boards, appointment of students

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20: 6711-6716  Education for Democracy Act

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 36: 101-144  Patriotic observances



Policy Adopted: 10-12-17