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Chesco School District Bans Halloween

Radnor School District continues to hold Halloween events at its schools.

Rather than Halloween, this year Phoenixville Area School District’s elementary school students will celebrate a “fall festival,” The Mercury is reporting.

According to the paper, at Thursday’s school board meeting, superintendent Dr. Alan Fegley explained that the district decided to ditch the holiday for a host of reasons, among them a sensitivity to the diversity of its student body and the “controversy surrounding the religious connotations of Halloween.”

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The following events are taking place at Radnor schools:

Ithan Elementary School Halloween Parade & Parties: Oct. 31 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Radnor Elementary School Halloween Parades: Oct. 31 10 a.m. for Kindergarten, 2 p.m. for Extended Day, 1st to 5th grade.

Wayne Elementary School Halloween Parade: Oct. 31 2 p.m.

Costumes depicting any violence or horror as seen in the movies, on the news or in comics, is not allowed, nor are any play weapons, at the Wayne Elementary School parade. Children who choose not to participate in the Halloween parade are provided an alternative activity. Children are not allowed to wear their costumes during the school day.

"Our plan is to maintain an atmosphere of learning except for the time of their scheduled parade and celebration," reads a Wayne Elementary School note.

What do you think about the regulation or banning of Halloween at school? Tell us by commenting below.

Lindsay at Flag Lady Gifts October 24, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Exactly what controversies surround which religious connotations of Halloween?
Sam Strike (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Good question. Paganism? Spirits? I don't know. What's interesting, "Fegley said the chief reason the celebration’s been dropped is that students just weren’t showing up. On the days the district celebrates Halloween, Fegley said the absentee rate is nine percent, more than double the usual four percent rate."

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