Pennsylvania school district reverses decision for bus drivers to remove Christmas decor

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A school district near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has reversed its previous decision to forbid Christmas decorations on its buses.
Last week, the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District issued a statement asking bus drivers to take down any Christmas decorations they had on their buses, as well as not to wear any Christmas-themed clothing while on duty.
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“If you have decorated your bus with anything specific to the Christmas Holiday or any other decorations related to a specific religion, please remove them immediately. In addition, employees are instructed not to wear clothing related to Christmas or any other religious holiday,” a memo given to employees stated. The memo, leaked online, went on to stress that it was for all district employees to adhere to.
“Disappointing” “Bah humbug”
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bus drivers in the Wallingford Swarthmore School District who got this warning about putting up Christmas decorations or wearing holiday themed clothing on busses. @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/GHbMF7igIu — Chris O’Connell (@CoconnellFox29) December 15, 2023
Many criticized the memo, with some employees jokingly responding, “Bah humbug,” a reference to the character Ebenezer Scrooge from the famous story A Christmas Carol.
Since then, the district’s superintendent, Wagner Marseille, clarified that there had been a miscommunication between him and the supervisor of transportation and that drivers had been asked to “find a balance” with other holidays.
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“To the extent that this reminder led to the communication that decorations and songs typically associated with the Christmas holiday were not permitted, this was not the intent, and efforts have been made internally to clarify this point to avoid any confusion moving forward,” Marseille said. “We understand the importance of recognizing and celebrating the diversity within our community. We are committed to continuously improving our communication and fostering an inclusive environment for all.”
Marseille also stated that the original message had been in response to “community concerns” about religious neutrality within the school.

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