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.
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