A Utah charter school said it is no longer allowing parents to opt students out of its Black History Month curriculum after drawing backlash for initially giving families the option to do so.

Maria Montessori Academy Director Micah Hirokawa said in a statement shared with The Hill that all school families are now participating in the curriculum and that going forward it would not allow parents to opt out of the lesson plans.

“Celebrating Black History Month is part of our tradition,” Hirokawa said in the statement, which was also posted in the “Utah Montessorians” Facebook group.

“We regret that after receiving requests, an opt-out form was sent out concerning activities planned during this month of celebration,” he continued. “We are grateful that families that initially had questions and concerns have willingly come to the table to resolve any differences and at this time no families are opting out of our planned activities and we have removed this option. In the future, we will handle all parental concerns on an individual basis.”

Hirokawa had initially announced the decision to allow students to not participate in the curriculum in a Friday post on the school’s private Facebook page, according to local news outlet the Standard-Examiner.

Hirokawa wrote that he “reluctantly” sent a letter to families stating that administrators were allowing them “to exercise their civil rights to not participate in Black History Month at the school.”

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