An Oregon school district on Tuesday decided to “ban Santa” and other religious-themed decorations within the classroom. The Hillsboro school did this in an attempt to uphold all religions, as students and staff come from diverse cultures and creed.
The ban will be in effect throughout the holiday season, school officials said.
What has been banned?
The decision that came out Tuesday, Nov. 29. bans holiday-based or highly religious activities from being held in the campus, Fox News US reported. Imagery and decorations that have a direct affront to Christmas or Christianity in any form have been banned as well.
That being said, the Hillsboro school district said in a press release on Wednesday that they had not banned Santa per se. They also ruled out the idea of policing decorations in the school buildings given that they were not “blatantly over the top.”
“The story still ran with the ‘Santa ban’ title,” reported the school district in the press release.
Meanwhile, the school district released a notice for the staff in view of holiday decorations that are soon to begin.
You may still decorate your door or office if you like, but we ask that you be respectful and sensitive to the diverse perspectives and beliefs of our community and refrain from using religious-themed decorations or images like Santa Claus.
Reactions From Parents
As told by Beth Graser, Director of Communications for Hillsboro School District, the notice was but to serve as a notification only to the staff. It was just to make sure they are being sensitive with the holiday season approaching, he said.
But according to a report by Fox 8, parents of students didn’t seem too happy with the idea. Some even believed the new rule was utterly unnecessary.
“If you’re going to put a giant cross on the window that’s one thing, but I think Santa Claus is more folklore and American history than a religious symbol at this point,” said a student’s father.