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Daily Local News Backs PASD Halloween Ban

In an editorial, the paper called the superintendent's decision "reasoned and reasonable."

In a rare defense of the Phoenixville Area School District’s move to discontinue Halloween celebrations in its elementary schools in favor of a “fall festival,” the Daily Local News called superintendent Alan Fegley’s decision “reasoned and reasonable.”

In an editorial the paper published on October 24, it expressed agreement with Fegley’s assertion that the costume competition between students does more harm than good and referenced approvingly his view that the absentee increase the holiday has influenced—Fegley said absenteeism jumps from 4 percent to 9 percent on Halloween—is unacceptable.

Its only disagreement with the controversial policy, the editorial went on, is that it allows for any party at all.

“At the risk of not sounding too harsh,” the editorial reads, “we have a feeling that celebrations can get in the way of the business of school, which is to learn. Perhaps the focus should be shifted away from this indoor recreation to more scholastic efforts.”

PhoenixvilleProud October 25, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Did Robina really just threaten a school superintendent because he wont let her child wear his costume to school? Halloween is a silly day when we let out children dress up, walk around the neighborhood at night and beg for candy. They would take your kids away if you let them do the same thing any other day of the year. The holiday is not being banned. This is not Footloose! Relax and spend more time worrying about important things like keeping Christ in Christmas. HA!
SCANDAL October 25, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Grace I so agree, the society is setting the children up for a harsh failure when they get out in the real world. There will be no gold star because you showed up for work. Or will they get a trophy for showing up .
Jeremy Dalton October 26, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Hey Im sorry, but School is to learn sure, but learning can come in many various shapes and sizes...one of them perhaps was learning how to communicate with the kids you went to school with by asking them about their costumes...and learning about the History of Halloween....Letting the kids dress up was more about freedom of expression of who they were and who they wanted to be...Be it Superman, Or Wonder woman, or the President...These things taught our kids to dream, and inspired them to be creative, along with teaching them the importance of being an individual...a fall festival party is a ridiculous and dim witted idea to appease people into not standing up to an incompetent board that would vote out a holiday for children. Just like the commentary from the Daily local...those types of approaches to learning facilities have done nothing for our educational systems... Schools are meant to inspire and teach our kids about what's right and wrong and about history and math....To help our kids create ideas that will better their futures, and the 1984 approach to learning and futures doesn't work in our progressive era....The idea's of both the School Board and the Daily Local are as outdated as ...oh lets say....a physical Newspaper is for media dispersion ...Its disgusting, and shameful that this would even come up to become an issue with our community..Can't believe I pay a ridiculous school tax just to see these types of policies implemented.
Jeremy Dalton October 26, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Fagely stated that they didn't want kids who couldn't afford a costume to feel left out..... Who doesn't have a bed sheet they can cut holes in? Shit when I was a kid, I stacked two cardboard boxes on top of each other and painted them, called myself a transformer...and you know what... the creativity inspired me to work hard and be inventive... God forbid we inspire our kids to be creative and competitive with one another.... ..But I digress..
Goddess November 08, 2012 at 05:19 PM
PASD should've been paying more attention to food preparation at East Pikeland Elementary and less attention to fanatical Christian parents who remove their kids from school on Halloween to avoid Satan... Chester County Health Department's food inspection report for East Pikeland Elementary School (Chartwells). East Pikeland Elementary School (Chartwells) 1191 Hares Hill Road Inspection Date: 10/2 Total Score: 93 (out of 100) Critical Violation Food service equipment and utensils not properly washed, rinsed, sanitized Non-Critical Violations Single-service items being re-used; improper handling; improper storage Dishwashing facilities improperly designed, constructed, Maintained

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