Thousands of signatures, a very public protest and hours of debate could not change the 3-2 vote — Marshfield schools will exclude Christmas in describing their holiday break on the school calendars.
More than 4,000 parents in Marshfield signed a petition to change the name of the school break in December and January to Christmas, break from the recently rebranded holiday break.
The School Board met to discuss the decision Monday night, but after two hours the voted to keep the name holiday break.
“Marshfield is not a diverse community. It’s very important that we do whatever we can to expose our students to the global world that they are not part of yet,” School Board Chairman Marti Morrison said.
Parents in support of Christmas break said the school is trying to abolish all things Christian.
“It’s not a way to accept all students. What it’s doing is excluding the Christian faith.” Elaine Taylor, a parent, said.
Nearly 200 parents and residents were at the meeting, most of those who spoke agreed with the name holiday break.
“The school calendar should reflect the diversity of all the students in this town, not just the majority of them,” one parent said.
The school board said they celebrate all the holidays and faiths over the break in December, including Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas and after receiving complaints through email, felt changing the name to include everyone was the right thing to do.
The two hours of public comment was followed by a 3-2 vote in favor of keeping the name holiday break.