Melrose seeks to ‘unlink’ Halloween in classrooms and host ‘inclusive’ fall events – CBS Boston
MELROSE (CBS) – Melrose Public Schools are working hard to ‘downgrade’ Halloween activities in the classroom. Instead, the district said it was looking to organize fall activities to ensure “all students and staff feel safe, included and represented.”
Superintendent of Schools Julie Kukenberger said in a letter to elementary school parents that over the past few years the district “has made an effort to put an emphasis on Halloween and our focus on strengthening the community through the fall celebrations.
“At Melrose, we pride ourselves on being ‘One Community, Open to All.’ For this to be true, we have to live this mantra in everything we do, ”Kukenberger wrote. “This includes celebrations at school. I also understand that consistency from one school to another is also essential. To achieve this better, I work in collaboration with our primary school administrators to draw up, month by month, the traditions and events that have taken place in our schools. Together, we will create safe, inclusive and fair guidelines to be implemented with consistency. “
More than 1,000 people have signed a online petition urging Melrose Schools to reconsider the decision.
Carolyn Finocchiaro, the organizer of the petition said: “A day that is all about costumes and fun has become political.”
Finocchiaro received the letter last week, but said communication was unclear.
“The big term is ‘inclusiveness’. I guess some kids felt left out of group costume ideas or maybe they didn’t have a costume. Things about religion have come up. But Halloween is such a benign, non-religious holiday that it doesn’t make much sense to me or a lot of people, ”Finocchiaro said. “It is clear that the majority of Melrose is against it.”
“We’re just confused and also coming back from two years of the pandemic, you’d think this would be the worst time to do this to a bunch of kids,” she added.