Inclusion issues in Michigan

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Administrators at one school district in Michigan sent an email Wednesday morning saying elementary schools will no longer celebrate Valentine’s Day or Halloween.

Elementary school principals at East Lansing Public Schools cited families who don’t celebrate Halloween as one of the main reasons, as well as children’s enthusiasm for the spooky holidays, which makes learning difficult.

Regarding Valentine’s Day, administrators said some families and students are uncomfortable with students celebrating “love”.

Brittany Bruens says she knows it’s been a tough year for the kids, but she also understands where the neighborhood is coming from.

“I know it seems like we’re taking just one more thing away from them, but I think it’s important that everything we do in schools is inclusive,” she said.

Tali Faris-Hylen, chairwoman of the Marble School community council, said school officials had not spoken to the council about the changes beforehand.

“I got the email with everyone yesterday afternoon and my first thought was that I am so proud to be a part of this neighborhood.”

East Lansing schools aren’t the only ones making the change. Hayes Middle School in Grand Ledge, Mich., Also said it will not have Halloween, Christmas or Valentine’s Day parties.

Instead, schools will replace them with classes and cultural activities throughout the year.

East Lansing Mayor Jessy Gregg took to Facebook to comment on the situation. Gregg assured residents that no Halloween festivities across town would be canceled.

Despite the disappointment, the administrative team assured families that it would continue to offer “alternative days” throughout the school year.

A copy of the letter is available below:


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