The Wallingford-Swarthmore school district sits in the middle of Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
On 12/15/2023, bus drivers were notified that the district superintendent was receiving complaints from parents “concerning District employees displaying ‘Christmas’ themed decorations and/or wearing clothing of the same nature.”
The letter – sent to bus drivers – ordered that decorations be removed and drivers cease wearing Christmas-styled clothing.
In all caps, the letter’s last sentence stated, “THIS IS NOT SPECIFIC TO OUR DEPARTMENT, IT APPLIES TO ALL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES.”
Oh, and Christmas music has been banned as well.
“If you have decorated your bus with anything specific to the Christmas Holidays or any other decorations relating 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,” the memo to bus drivers stated.
Adding: “In addition, District Offices, & School Buses are to refrain from playing Christmas music or any other music related to a specific religion.”
Now, the district is saying that their initial message was “not clear.”
The district now claims that holiday decorations are not banned, but employees should remember to create an “inclusive environment.”
I don’t know that letter to bus drivers was pretty clear, take a look at the memo below.
.@WSSchools sent out a memo to employees that they can’t put up Christmas decorations, play Christmas music, or dress up for Christmas.
Meanwhile they proudly celebrate pride month in their schools.
Can’t celebrate Christmas but it’s okay to celebrate who adults like to have… pic.twitter.com/Nv9ElRJMOM
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) December 17, 2023
The memo was pretty clear-cut, and honestly, it makes the district officials look even worse. If you are going to ban Christmas, stand by it; trying to double-speak and back-peddle makes you look even worse.
Teachers’ unions wonder why homeschooling has become more popular than ever.
Just a funny little caveat to show how over the top the school district is.
On their Twitter social media feed, there is a post of school district officials bragging about attending a meeting with a local NAACP chapter.
Note the Christmas decorations in the background.
Members of the WSSD Administration and WSSD School Board attended the NAACP Media Area Branch Freedom Fund Luncheon and Football Soldiers for Justice Awards. Congratulations to all award winners and thank you to all of the speakers during the event for their inspiring words! pic.twitter.com/bJGDOswqaA
— WS School District (@WSSchools) December 16, 2023