Michigan schools cancel Halloween, Valentine’s Day due to concerns about inclusion

EAST -LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Administrators from a school district in Michigan sent an e-mail Wednesday morning announcing that elementary schools will no longer celebrate Valentine’s Day or Halloween.

The founding principals of East Lansing Public Schools mentioned families not celebrating Halloween as one of the primary reasons, as well as the children’s excitement over the eerie holiday that made it hard to learn.

As for Valentine’s Day, administrators stated that some families and students are uncomfortable with students celebrating “love”.

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

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

Tali Faris-Hylen, chairman of the Marble School Community Council, says school officials did not speak to the council in advance about the changes.

“I got the email along with everyone else yesterday afternoon, and my first thought was that I’m so proud to be a part of this district.”

East Lansing schools are not the only ones making the change. Hayes Intermediate School in Grand Ledge, Michigan, also says it will not be with Halloween, Christmas Day or Valentine’s Day.

Instead, schools will replace them with year-round cultural lessons and activities.

East Lansing Mayor Jessy Gregg took to Facebook to comment on the situation. Gregg assured residents that no Halloween festivities throughout the city will be canceled.

Despite acknowledging the disappointment, the administrative team assured the families that they will continue to offer “alternative days” during the school year.

A copy of the letter can be found below:

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