Critics told the San Diego Union-Tribune the policy at Carver Elementary either endorses a religion or crosses the line separating church and state. The policy has become a hot topic on conservative talk radio shows, the newspaper reported.
The school district says since Islam requires Muslim students to pray at a specific time, the school isn't breaking any laws by accommodating them.
"The district's legal obligation in response to a request that a prayer must be performed at a particular time is to treat that request the same as it would treat a student's request to receive an insulin shot at a particular time," lawyer Brent North told the Union-Tribune.
More than 100 Muslim students enrolled at Carver in the fall when a charter school that served mostly Somali Muslims closed.