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Caregivers of North Scott Junior High eighth-grade students received an email from John Hawley, principal of the school, on Thursday. Hawley was responding to “a few emails” regarding homecoming days the school had received.

Hawley explained the process each year of determining homecoming dress-up days. The list originates from the high school and then goes to the other buildings in the district.

“Each year, we look at the list of days and try to decide if we will duplicate the days or if we will adjust a day or two,” Hawley wrote.

“We are proud of our country and we are also proud to say that our students have been saying the Pledge of Allegiance every day at the start of the day for as long as our longest-tenured teachers can remember – long before the state mandate was issued this past year. We even bought new flags and standards this year for classrooms whose flags needed updates.”

If you felt like a but was coming, it was.

“This year we made the decision not to have a USA day because of events that happened last year that caused hurt feelings, disrupted the learning environment and created unrest in our building hallways, classrooms and during unstructured times,” Hawley wrote. “We felt it was best to avoid it and stick with other days we had last year. We would love to be able to offer a USA day in the future.”

Author: Jacob Hall