When it comes to inclusion, one Nebraska elementary school principal thought banning Christmas would make all students feel accepted, but it didn’t go well.
Omaha World-Herald reports, Jennifer Sinclair came under fire for a memo she sent Manchester Elementary School teachers.
The principal told teachers that no Christmas-related symbols were allowed in classrooms this year.
The symbols included Santa, Christmas trees, Elf on the Shelf, singing Christmas carols, playing Christmas music or movies, reindeer, any red and green items, and candy canes, reports KETV.
Regarding candy canes, the notice said:
That’s Christmas-related. Historically, the shape is a ‘J’ for Jesus. The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection. This would also include different colored candy canes.
We are not to be doing any Christmas or holiday-specific themed activities with students.
The principal explained:
We have varied religious beliefs in our school, and it is our job to be inclusive.
I’m hopeful we can avoid the discomfort of me directly questioning something you’ve copied, posted and had your kids do. That makes me uncomfortable, and I know it doesn’t feel good.
Signed, The (Unintentional) Grinch who stole Christmas (from Manchester).
The detailed list of what’s acceptable and what’s not caused an uproar.
The Elkhorn School District released a statement saying the administration placed Sinclair on leave due to receiving a “high volume” of phone calls from concerned parents and teachers.
The district quickly reversed her policy, and said that the memo does “not reflect the policy of Elkhorn Public Schools.”
Sinclair emailed parents and sincerely apologized to the staff for any confusion caused by the letter.
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