ELKHORN, Neb. — The principal of a Nebraska elementary school who banned Christmas-oriented things like Santa Claus, candy canes, and Christmas trees has been placed on leave as of Thursday morning, according to a report from our sister station KPTM FOX 42 in Omaha.
Elkhorn School District Spokeswoman Kara Perchal sent a statement to Fox 42 saying:
"As of this morning, Principal Sinclair has been placed on administrative leave. Due to the fact that this is an ongoing personnel issue, the District cannot comment further."
Jennifer Sinclair sent a memo to Manchester Elementary staff earlier this week listing acceptable things to have in classrooms and on assignments like sledding, scarves, yetis and even Olaf from the Disney movie Frozen.
It also outlined things that were not acceptable: Santa, Christmas trees, candy canes, reindeer and more.
Wednesday, officials sent a statement saying "the memo does not reflect the policy of Elkhorn Public Schools regarding holiday symbols in the school."
Official policy on the district's website does allow Christmas trees and Santa Claus. The district says these are considered secular in nature.