Green Acres School sent a letter to families announcing the change, saying children and staff members should not be wearing clothing that “disparages a race of people.”
“I think it’s only honest to acknowledge the times when the need to be respectful and thoughtful and sensitive overrides people’s ability to express themselves as they’d like,” said Head of School Neal Brown in an interview with Bethesda Magazine.
The ban on Redskins gear came after classroom discussions about team logos that are based on race or ethnicity.
“We want to approach this with children in a very age-appropriate and sensitive way,” Brown told Bethesda Magazine. “We’re in no way trying to vilify anyone for rooting for the local football team.”
The school instructs children from 3-years-old through eighth grade.
A similar ban on Redskins apparel was put in place last year at the prestigious Sidwell Friends School in Northwest Washington.
Head of School Bryan Garman said the administration fully supported a resolution passed by the student government at Sidwell that recommended banning clothing with the Redskins’ logo or official name.
The resolution highlighted the school’s dress code which says children may not wear clothing with messages or images that conflict with the school’s values.
In a statement, the student government said it determined that Redskins clothing “is in direct violation of our dress code, and should be enforced like any other violation.”
The ban will help “guide the educated Sidwell student down a path of ensuring social justice for all members of society,” said the students. “No matter our intent in wearing Washington football team apparel, its impact perpetuates stereotypes and takes the voice away from Native Americans in our society.”