Because teachers do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse door, they have the right to discuss their religious beliefs with other faculty and staff members. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education issued a memorandum regarding religious expression at school recognizing that:
Teachers may … take part in religious activities where the overall context makes clear that they are not participating in their official capacities. Before school or during lunch, for example, teachers may meet with other teachers for prayer or Bible study to the same extent that they may engage in other conversation or nonreligious activities.
Likewise, if teachers are permitted to post or distribute flyers for community activities or announcements in the faculty lounge or in teachers’ school mailboxes, then religious events and activities may be publicized to other staff members in the same manner.
Some schools allow teachers to utilize a classroom or a lounge to meet with other teachers. If the school allows teachers to use its facilities for non-curriculum related matters such as socialization and entertainment, then teachers should also be able to use the same facilities for Bible study and prayer. In such circumstances, only teachers or other school employees should be in the meeting, not students.