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Superintendent Reverses Decision; Springfield Students Can Wear Halloween Costumes

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SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Little witches, vampires, ghosts and goblins will be roaming the halls of Springfield schools after all.

When School Superintendent Michael Davino announced students in the district’s two elementary schools would be barred from wearing costumes during class on Halloween, he came under swift criticism from some parents.

Read Davino’s Memorandum (pdf)

They complained the decision was keeping “kids from being kids.”

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School officials had sent letters home to parents saying costumes can’t be worn during school hours because they are disruptive in the classroom.

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Now, Davino has rescinded his decision after learning the schools had already planned Halloween parties without his knowledge.

More: CBSNewYork’s Halloween Safety Guide For Children & Parents

“Having discovered that, and having heard feedback from the community, I agree that there seems little point in preventing children from wearing costumes because these parties are taking up educational time anyway,” Davino wrote in a memorandum posted on the school’s website.

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“This decision does not diminish in any way my sincere concern that Halloween serves as a poor substitute for the educational process, which, many say, already falls short of accomplishing all of our goals within the 180 days provided on our school calendar,” he added.

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