School asks teachers not to put up Santa decorations

HILLSBORO, OR (WCMH) — An Oregon school district has asked staff not to use Santa Claus in their holiday decorations at school.

The Hillsboro school district is telling staff who wish to decorate offices or doors to refrain from religious-themed decorations or images like Santa Claus.

Beth Graser, communications director for the district, says this is to make sure all cultures and backgrounds are comfortable at school.

“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,” she told CNN affiliate KATU. 

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

Some parents say that’s bogus.

“If you’re going to put a giant cross on the window that’s one thing, but I think Santa Claus is more folklore and American history than a religious symbol at this point,” said father Jason Ramirez.

One mother, who did not want to be identified, said her children should be allowed to celebrate their belief in Santa. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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