The issue came to a head earlier this month after a complaint from a mother whose son attends Dr. Hamman School in Taber, about 50 kilometres east of Lethbridge.

“My oldest son made the choice to sit down during the Lord's Prayer in his desk quietly,” said Melanie Bell.

Her 10-year-old came home in tears saying he had been disciplined for his decision — one Bell supports because she doesn't believe religion belongs in a public school.

The Horizon School Division based in Taber halted the prayer at the boy's school temporarily.

The board met this week to decide what to do next. Ten schools in the division have been directed to continue reciting the prayer while the board seeks public input to establish a standard policy.