SPRINGFIELD – Elementary school children will be able to wear costumes to class on Monday after all.
In a decision that received widespread media attention, Superintendent of School Michael Daviano issued a directive banning Halloween costumes in the classrooms earlier this month. The decision was made “to minimize the interruption of instruction.”
Yesterday, Daviano issued a memorandum reversing the costume ban. Because the elementary schools were already planning Halloween parties on Monday, “there seems little point in preventing children from wearing costumes because these parties are taking up educational time anyway,” he wrote.
While Springfield children will get to celebrate Halloween in school this year, the holiday tradition’s future is uncertain. Daviano plans to meet with his staff to discuss the issues.
“This decision does not diminish in any way my sincere concern that Halloween serves as a poor substitute for the educational process, which, many say already falls short of accomplishing all of our goals within the 180 days provided on our school calendar,” Daviano wrote.
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