How to Establish a Fair Public School Christmas Policy

Parents and taxpayers who wish to restore a meaningful (and constitutional) celebration of Christmas in our public schools should work many months in advance of Dec. 25.

Start by assembling a group of parents and other community members to research the issue. You might start with your PTA, PTO or other parent group. The more, the merrier . . . literally.

It would be powerful to have some non-Christians in this group, such as a rabbi or a militant atheist, as well as some citizens who don’t even have children in school, but pay taxes and thus are interested parties in what goes on at school. This would be a great chance to find out everyone’s concerns and experiences to help you create a truly fair and effective policy.

It’s always a good idea to give a heads-up to at least one school-board member of what you’re doing, to get input and guidance for how to proceed.

Get a copy of your district’s existing holiday policy, and research those from other districts whose policies you admire. If it’s a good policy that’s just being misinterpreted, then proceed at the school level to free things up, if there has been censorship and misunderstanding.

If your district doesn’t have a holiday policy, or if it’s not very good, work together as a group to draft a proposed policy that clarifies what is, and is not, acceptable.

Then meet with the principal of your school, moving on if suggested to central-office staff and, ultimately, making a presentation before your school board.

The goal is to advocate for a clear, workable holiday policy that neither violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Claus (pun intended) nor censors the free-speech rights of Christian children and public-school employees to mark this supremely important holiday.

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