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N.J. school board removes holiday names from school calendar

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: A calendar in a classroom shows the date that the last class was in session at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 on June 09, 2020 in New York City. In April, it was announced that NYC public schools would be closed at least through the end of the school year amid the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 09: A calendar in a classroom shows the date that the last class was in session at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 on June 09, 2020 in New York City. In April, it was announced that NYC public schools would be closed at least through the end of the school year amid the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

A calendar in a classroom shows the date that the last class was in session at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 on June 09, 2020 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

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A New Jersey school board has voted to remove holiday names from the district’s scholastic calendar to avoid “hurt feelings.” The school board of Randolph Township in Morris County made the unanimous decision on Thursday after receiving backlash for renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day.

Photo Credit: Randolph Township School

Photo Credit: Randolph Township School

Holidays like Thanksgiving, Memorial Day and Yom Kippur will now reportedly be listed simply as “days off.” Board members defended the decision, alleging if there were no names on the calendar then ultimately no feelings could be hurt.

More than 100 people attended the school board meeting, including Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-N.J.) who spoke out against the decision.

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