On March 3, Peck Slip School Principal Maggie Siena sent out an email
to parents announcing that the school was going to begin complying with
the state law and broadcasting the pledge over its loudspeakers each
morning starting March 7.
“As per New York State Education Law 8NYCRR section 108.5, we will be
offering an opportunity for students at Peck Slip to say the Pledge of
Allegiance in class,” Siena wrote.
“Children and adults may opt out of saying the Pledge,” she wrote,
adding that “The Pledge of Allegiance has an interesting history, which
will be a focus of study for our fifth graders in years to come.
“Children who know the Pledge and want to lead it will have the
opportunity to do so over the loudspeaker,” the principal noted in the
email, which also included the full text of the pledge for parents
interested in teaching it to their children.