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Christmas Music In School

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Dear Board Of Education,


I am writing you this petition to bring your attention to something that I believe is an unjust policy, that requires immediate attention. On the morning of December 1st, 2017 between 7 and 7:43 A.M, I was chastised for playing Holiday music at a respectable level in the hallway. While there is no rule against this I made sure to keep the volume at a respectable level.


According to the Gateway Regional High School Code of conduct, Goal 1 notes that “Inappropriate use of cell phones, MP3 player, or video/recording devices could result in consequences under Goal 1.1, 2.3 or 2.47 depending on how the item is being used. REVISED USE: No one permitted to use during instructional time; Grades 9 – 12 permitted use in hallways and during lunch”. While this states that the inappropriate use of cell phones can be resulted in consequences, under goal 1.1, 2.3, or 2.47, it also states depending on how the item is being used.


A wireless speaker is defined as loudspeakers which receive audio signals using radio frequency (RF) waves rather than over audio cables. This shows that the device is not an MP3 player. MP3 players are defined as an electronic device that can play digital audio files. While a portable speaker plays music that may come from a cell phone the cellphone is the only object that can be argued in regards to Goal 1.


According to Goal 1’s note it also states that no one is permitted use of these devices during instructional time. Followed by Grades 9-12 permitted use in hallways and during lunch. These statements are granted all students, staff, and other faculty the expressed written permission to use this device as long as they do not interrupt instructional and educational learning.


Around the Holiday time many students some of which have religious beliefs and some that do not, like to wear red and white Santa Claus hats. In the code of conduct Section 2.8 guideline 5, “A hat, hood, any headdress is not permitted in class or hallways in middle school; high school permitted in the hall and in the classroom at the discretion of the high school teacher.” The school allows students to wear a Santa hat without thinking about how it may make other students with other beliefs feel yet somehow secular holiday music such as Frosty The Snowman and Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer infringes on their religion. Secular Holidays are created with the intention to be non-religious and those are the only songs that were played in the hallway on the morning of December 1st, 2017.


After making all of these statements we, the undersigned, petition the Board Of Education to allow Holiday music in school. Thank you for your attention to this matter. If you have any questions or would like more information, I can be reached at 2019jpower@student.gatewayhs.com

 

 



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