Schools in Lansing are canceling Halloween and Valentine’s Day

from: Izzy Martin, Araceli Crescencio, Nexstar media cable

Posted: Oct 17, 2021 / 10:00 AM EDTUpdated: 10/16/2021 / 10:19 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Michigan (WLNS) – Administrators for a school district in the Lansing area sent an email Wednesday morning saying that elementary schools will no longer celebrate Valentine’s Day or Halloween.

East Lansing Public Schools primary school principals cited families not celebrating Halloween as one of the main reasons, as well as children’s excitement over the spooky holidays making learning difficult.

Regarding Valentine’s Day, administrators said that some families and students feel uncomfortable when students celebrate “love”.

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

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

Tali Faris-Hylen, president of the Marble School council, says school officials didn’t speak to the council about the changes beforehand.

“I got the email yesterday afternoon along with everyone else and my first thought was that I am so proud to be part of this district,” said Faris-Hylen.

East Lansing schools are not the only ones making the change. Hayes Intermediate School in Grand Ledge, Michigan also says there won’t be any Halloween, Christmas, or Valentine’s Day parties.

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

East Lansing Mayor Jessy Gregg went to Facebook to comment on the situation. Gregg assured residents that no city-wide Halloween celebrations will be canceled.

Despite the disappointment, the administration team assured the families that they would continue to offer “back days” throughout the school year.

A copy of the letter can be found below:

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