MT. JULIET, Tenn. — Valentine’s Day is a holiday to show your love, but one area school is asking parents to tone it down this year.
“We’ve called all of the florists and we made a call out to all of our parents saying, ‘hey, we’re not against Valentine’s Day, but as far as parents sending them to school, we are not going to accept them here at school,'” Mt. Juliet Middle School principal Tim Bell said.
Bell said the large arrangements take staff away from their jobs and distract students from their studies in the classroom.
“Last year, the whole half of this cafeteria was full of deliveries,” Bell said. “It really takes an hour and a half to two hours to alphabetize it, give it out, to call each student out. And then here’s the thing, when we give it to them and they take it back to class, what are we doing to the integrity of the classroom?”
The policy isn’t meant to be a complete spoiler for Valentine’s Day. There are other options, including a Valentine’s dance Thursday. Smaller gift options are also available from the student council.
The school said those approved gifts are safe to be taken home on the bus. Glass vases and balloons delivered from outside are not.
“I think it is a good thing, especially for the teachers,” said Kim Tantaris, a parent. “To get them all hopped up on sugar is not a good thing at all.”
Bell said most parents have shown support.
“And with 1,550 middle school kids, it’s hard enough to fight the distractors that happen on a normal day,” Bell said. “And so what we want to do is take out those distractors and just have a good school day.”
The principal at West Wilson Middle School also sent out a similar message to parents on Monday discouraging large Valentine’s Day deliveries.
No Metro schools have yet to issue such a request.