Some Oregon schools won't decorate with Santa to respect ‘diverse perspectives'

An Oregon School District asked members of its staff to not use Santa Claus in their holiday decorations at school.

School officials told KATU that it's a way to respect all religious beliefs.

“It really went out as a notification to staff, not even parents, just to make sure they are being sensitive and thoughtful as they enter the holiday season,” Hillsboro School District Communications Director Beth Graser said.

Graser said the district wants to make sure all cultures and backgrounds are comfortable at school.

The school district released the memo to KATU Tuesday, the key part reads:

You may still decorate your door or office if you like, but we ask that you be respectful and sensitive to the diverse perspectives and beliefs of our community and refrain from using religious-themed decorations or images like Santa Claus.

Some parents are frustrated by the school’s notification, saying it goes too far.

“It's not meant to be that [frustrating] at all. Again, it's just really a reminder to get people to be sensitive,” Graser said.

Several other school districts in the Portland area have similar policies.

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