In a recent memo directed to all drivers and assistants, the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District in Pennsylvania detailed fresh directives concerning holiday decorations and attire.
A memo released on December 15, 2023, by Patti Diaferio, Transportation Supervisor at the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, cites concerns raised by parents about district employees displaying Christmas-themed decorations and clothing.
Per the memo, the directive stems from complaints received by Dr. Marseille, a prominent figure in the district. Employees who have decorated their buses with Christmas or other religious-specific items are instructed to promptly remove them.
This policy also applies to personal attire, forbidding employees from wearing clothing associated with Christmas or any other religious holiday.
Furthermore, the district has broadened these guidelines to cover its offices and school buses, explicitly prohibiting the playing of Christmas music or any music associated with a particular religion.
The memo underscores that these directives extend beyond the transportation department and apply to all employees throughout the district.
As reported by FOX 29, the district offered additional clarification on their intentions, recognizing that their initial message was “not clear.”
School officials asserted that holiday displays are not prohibited, contrary to the memo that was circulated. However, they stressed the significance of all employees maintaining an “inclusive environment.”
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