New Jersey School District Removes Holiday Names From Calendar After Name Change Criticism

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Even Thanksgiving is cancelled! New Jersey’s school district is removing ALL holiday names from its calendar to avoid ‘hurt feelings’ as students can now prepare to gather with the family to celebrate… ‘Day Off’

  • At a Randolph Board of Education meeting on Thursday, board members voted to remove all holiday names from the school calendar
  • The move came amid setbacks about changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day from the more than 100 people who attended the gathering
  • Instead, all holidays are referred to as just “days off,” according to Fox5 NY
  • The idea behind the holiday name change stems from an effort to avoid “hurt feelings” during holidays that target specific people or groups
  • ‘What did you just do? What just happened?’ a man exclaimed in disbelief when the board voted unanimously

A New Jersey school board has removed the names of all holidays from the calendar to avoid “hurt feelings” after criticism over the renaming of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day.

Members of the Randolph Board of Education voted unanimously to remove all holiday names from the school calendar, including religious holidays such as Yom Kippur and Christmas, at a rally that drew more than 100 people on Thursday.

Instead, all holidays will be classified as just “days off” at schools in the Morris County borough, about an hour west of New York City, according to a Fox5 NY report.

“If we don’t have anything on the calendar, we don’t have to feel hurt or anything like that,” board member Dorene Roche said of the controversial change.

At a Randolph Board of Education meeting on Thursday, board members voted to remove all holiday names from the school calendar amid backlash from the community

At a Randolph Board of Education meeting on Thursday, board members voted to remove all holiday names from the school calendar amid backlash from the community

“If we don’t have anything on the calendar, we don’t have to feel hurt or anything like that,” board member Dorene Roche said of the controversial change.

Board members made the decision in an effort to mitigate potential infractions that a group or individual may feel regarding holidays that certain historical figures or ethnic groups celebrate, while also maintaining that the board is not responsible for naming the holidays to start with.

“I don’t think it’s really the board’s responsibility to name these holidays. Take them off or just take what the federal and state governments are doing,” board member Ronald Conti said ahead of Thursday’s controversial vote.

However, the change was not rushed as the public comments section of the meeting dragged on with dissenters from the crowd.

The cheers only grew louder after the board voted unanimously to remove holiday names from the school calendar.

‘What did you just do? What just happened?’ cried a man in disbelief in a sound recording of the minutes and agenda.

“I don’t think it’s the board’s responsibility to name these holidays,” board member Ronald Conti said before Thursday’s unanimous vote.

The move came amid backlash over turning Columbus Day into Indigenous Peoples Day from the more than 100 people who attended Thursday's gathering.

The move came amid backlash over turning Columbus Day into Indigenous Peoples Day from the more than 100 people who attended Thursday’s gathering.

From Friday the city is website showed that district school calendars still had holiday names.

“The support and care of the Randolph community is vital to the educational process,” reads the council’s Board of Education website.

“We invite the public to take the time to interact with the Board of Education. Community members are encouraged to attend public meetings, express their views, ask questions and express their needs as voters.”

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