Principal Who Banned Christmas at Elementary School Won’t Return to Position | 1/16/2019 | Staff
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An elementary school principal in Nebraska who banned Christmas won’t return to her position.

The announcement was made by the Elkhorn Public Schools district on Jan. 14 in a statement sent to staff and families.

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Jennifer Sinclair sent a detailed memo (pdf) in late 2018 telling teachers at Manchester Elementary School they were forbidden from engaging in a number of Christmastime traditions, such as handing out candy canes.

“Historically, the shape is a ‘J’ for Jesus,” she said, without citing a source.

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“The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection. This would also include different colored candy canes,” she added.

She also banned Santa or Christmas items on worksheets, Christmas trees in classrooms, singing Christmas carols anywhere in the school, and playing Christmas music at all.

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Sinclair also wrote that teachers shouldn’t “assume that the family” of a student celebrates Christmas in her explanation on why all Christmas ornaments were banned.

According to the school district, Sinclar agreed with officials that she shouldn’t return as principal of Manchester.

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“Due to the level of attention that Dr. Sinclair’s memo received, Dr. Sinclair and the District stand united that it is in the best interest of Manchester Elementary that she not resume the Principal position,” Dr. Bary Habrock, superintendent of the Elkhorn Public Schools, wrote in the email sent to parents and staff, which was obtained by the Omaha World-Herald.

Habrock said Sinclair stepped down as principal with a “heavy heart and sadness” but noted that she was not fired; she will be moved into a different position with the district.

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And Habrock made clear that the district supported Sinclair, despite her unusual policy directive and a huge backlash from parents.

“The District … would like to thank her for the high level of professionalism during this publicly difficult time,” Habrock wrote. “We support...
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