Parents of students at Manchester Elementary School in Elkhorn received an email from Principal Jennifer Sinclair last week that stated she wanted to be inclusive and culturally sensitive to all students during the holiday season. That meant there would be no Christmas decorations that included Santa’s, Christmas trees, no playing of Christmas music and no candy canes because of their historic representation of Christ.
Wednesday, Sinclair sent out a message apologizing to parents as that original memo was intended for internal staff only as to what can and cannot be done in a public school during the holiday season. The memo stated she wanted families to know the information initially provided was incorrect and apologized for any confusion or concern.
The Elkhorn Public School District states Sinclair’s memo does not fall under the district’s policy. The district sent out this memo Thursday morning:
Good morning Manchester families,
I am reaching out with an update regarding Principal Sinclair. As of Thursday, December 6, 2018, Principal Sinclair has been placed on administrative leave. District administrators will be on site throughout her absence to ensure the school environment is not disrupted and the daily routines of students are not affected.
Also, as an added safety measure and in an act of extreme precaution, Officer Miller will be present at the school throughout the coming days.
I appreciate your continued support of Manchester Elementary and the Elkhorn Public Schools, and am happy to discuss any questions or concerns.
Bary Habrock, Superintendent
No other schools are impacted by the district’s decision.