Gov. Pedro Rossello asked the Education Department to issue an order calling for five minutes of silent meditation at the start of each school day.
Rossello said students can use the five minutes to pray, read biblical or meditative passages, ponder over their plans for the day or just relax.
“Our intention is to instill in our youth and students a more positive attitude toward reflection because we cannot continue to run through life without seeing first the road we are taking,” he said in a press release last week.
Rossello said the order does not violate this U.S. Commonwealth’s constitutional principle guaranteeing the separation of church and state.
He said teachers can refrain from participating in the period of silent meditation and do something else like review their lesson plans for the day.