SPRINGFIELD – According to a Harris Interactive Poll, Halloween is America’s third favorite holiday, trailing only Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Unlike those other holidays, Halloween falls on a Monday this year and school will be in session. But in Springfield, it won’t be celebrated at the district’s two elementary schools. Superintendent Michael Davino decided to end a tradition of allowing the young students to wear costumes to class.
Earlier this month, the principals of James Caldwell and Thelma L. Sandmeier elementary schools sent home a letter to parents to notify them of the decision. It reads, “In an effort to minimize the interruption of instruction, and recognizing that students have ample time to celebrate the holiday in costume after school, costumes will no longer be permitted in school on Halloween.”
Some parents spoke against the policy at a recent Board of Education meeting, but did not sway school board members.
Banning Halloween costumes in elementary schools is unusual, according to a spokesman from the New Jersey School Boards Association. However, some districts have taken actions to prevent students from wearing costumes that could be considered inappropriate.
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