Cache County school officials say students at the district's two high schools will hold prayers at this year's commencement exercises.
Cache school board president Carol Funk said Wednesday the district has received a letter urging against graduation prayers from the American Civil Liberties Union, which has sued two other districts over graduation prayer.Regardless, she said, students at Sky View and Mountain Crest high schools will rely on a district policy adopted last year leaving the final decision up to them.
"Many students and faculty members have encouraged us to continue with prayer until we are forced to do otherwise," said Sky View principal Myron Benson.
Student-body presidents at both schools have said they would prefer the prayer to be either non-denominational or in the form of a moment of silence to prevent anyone from being offender or feeling left out.
The ACLU last July filed a class-action lawsuit against Granite and Alpine school district, attempting to halt graduation prayers. The group claims invocations at school functions violate First Amendment guarantees of separation of church and state.
"We have decided to continue our present policy until there is a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court," Funk said.
The high court has agreed to hear a Rhode Island graduation prayer case that could determine the outcome of the Utah lawsuit. Utah has been asked to file a friend-of-the-court brief in that case.