Superintendent Reverses Decision; Springfield Students Can Wear Halloween Costumes

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Now, Davino has rescinded his decision after learning the schools had already planned Halloween parties without his knowledge.

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“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.

What do you think of the decision? Let us know below…

  • H.K. Manners

    This person is an educator,does he not know that dressing up in
    costume and parading around as another character is quite educational
    it’s called acting as in acting school which of course goes all the way up
    to college as a learning and accepted academic standard of intelligence.

  • Roberta

    good lord, why does everything have to be so political and detrimental these days for heaven sakes…I mean I am sure nearly everyone of us reading this article remmbers with fondness our own halloween school parties and the fun we had with them…really Mr. DAvino…you didnt have a halloween costume party in elementary school…do you really believe the kids are destined to suffer if you let them spend one day having a bit of harmless fun?…get over yourself.

  • nancy

    If he was so concerned about the kids losing a day of education, why doesn’t he make the school year one day longer?

    • KPMc

      If he can’t ban costumes what makes you think he has the power to lengthen the school year?

      Is it really a wonder why U.S. education has fallen behind the rest of the world when the things parents fight for are Halloween costumes?

      It’s not popular but he is right. School is for learning. There is plenty of other time during the week for parties and play.

      In 20 years when these same kids are Occupying somewhere because they have no employable skills at least they can look back on the fond memories of an elementary school costume party.

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