LI schools backtrack on calendar omitting names of holidays

- In what seems like an effort to be politically correct, the Levittown School District on Long Island has offended some of its community members. 

The controversy sparked over this year's school calendar. The hard copies were mailed to parents this week. On holidays – including Thanksgiving and Columbus Day -- the square simply reads "No school."

The superintendent explained the reasoning in a letter to parents.

"Due to the number of holidays celebrated and the fact that our schools are closed on some and open on others, it was decided to eliminate all references to holidays and simply indicate the days schools are closed in the printed calendar," Superintendent Tonie McDonald wrote.

Hundreds of offended community members took to social media, calling the decision "over the top."

In response, the school sent out a second letter apologizing.

"We pride ourselves on being responsive to the needs and wants of our community, and we have heard from many of you who wish to have the holidays on the calendar," the second letter stated. "We will therefore, be reprinting the calendar, with the addition of all holidays."

The new and improved calendars will be available for pick up at all school buildings by September 6. 

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