Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Just had to share...

Here's an email sent to all NYC teachers. Nothing like a good bureaucracy to take the fun out of the holidays.

            All schools

Please be aware of and sensitive to the significance of seasonal observances and religious holidays as you work to foster mutual understanding and respect for your community’s diverse religious, racial, ethnic and cultural heritages. The Constitution prohibits a school system from endorsing or promoting a particular religion or belief system; please share these guidelines regarding the display of cultural and holiday symbols with your staff:

  • The primary purpose of any displays should be to promote understanding and respect for the rights of all individuals regarding their beliefs, values, and customs.
  • The display of holiday symbol decorations with secular dimensions is permitted. Displays that depict images of deities, other religious figures, or religious texts are prohibited. Permitted symbols include, but are not limited to, Christmas trees, kinaras, dreidels, menorahs, and the Star and Crescent.
  • Holiday displays must not appear to promote or celebrate any single religion or holiday. Therefore, any permitted symbol or decoration must be displayed simultaneously with other symbols or decorations reflecting different beliefs or customs.
  • All holiday displays should be temporary in nature.

For issues concerning religious observance by students, please refer to Chancellor’s Regulation A-630.

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