Friday, November 14, 2014

Christmas, Easter, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur stricken from school calendar

Christmas, Easter, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur stricken from the school calendar

On November 11, 2014, Montgomery County, Maryland Board of Education voted 7-1 to strike the names of Christian and Jewish holidays from the 2015-2016 school calendar. Gone are Christmas, Easter, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This decision was undertaken in response to a request from Muslim community leaders to give equal billing to the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha.

Board members said that the new calendar will reflect days the state requires the school system to be closed. It will also close on other days that have shown a high level of student and staff absenteeism, which happen to coincide with major Christian and Jewish holidays. Board members insisted that the days off aren’t meant to observe religious holidays, which they say is not legally permitted.