Religious and Cultural Holidays
We are committed to supporting students, faculty, and staff in their religious obligations and celebration of holidays, and we are engaged in the ongoing work of educating ourselves and our community about diverse expressions of religion and culture. We recognize that some religious obligations require cessation of work and/or absence from school. We want students, faculty, and staff to be able to observe their holidays without fear of penalty and with the full support of the community.
- No homework will be given over the five seasonal breaks: Fall break, Thanksgiving break, December break, February break, and April break.
- We believe that students who are absent from school due to religious and cultural holidays should be supported in the observation of their faith traditions.
- Students or parents/caregivers have the responsibility to give timely prior notification to teachers and office staff. This can be done personally, through a written note, or through email.
- In planning curriculum, teachers are asked to ensure information presented during religious and cultural holidays can be easily obtained by students upon their return. During religious and cultural holidays, students may lack the time to do work. In these cases, affected students will be given alternate deadlines that are, at the earliest, after the weekend that follows the religious or cultural holiday.
- When students are absent from school on test or quiz days due to religious and cultural obligations, reasonable make-up dates need to be set by faculty and students together. Students should be given sufficient time to make up for their missed days.
|Dates||Holiday or Observance||Religious Group|
|September 25–27 (Sun–Tues)||Rosh Hashanah||Judaism|
|October 1–2 (Sat–Sun)||General Conference||Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints|
|October 4–5 (Tues–Wed)||Yom Kippur||Judaism|
|October 17–18 (Mon–Tues)||Simchat Torah||Judaism|
|October 24 (Sun)||Diwali||Hinduism|
|November 1 (Tues)||Samhain||Wicca/Paganism|
|November 1 (Tues)||All Saints Day, All Souls Day||Western Christianity|
|November 2 (Wed)||All Souls Day||Western Christianity|
|December 8 (Thurs)||Bodhi Day||Buddhism|
|December 25 (Sun)||Christmas||Western Christianity|
|January 7 (Sat)||Christmas||Orthodox Christianity|
|January 22 (Sun)||Lunar New Year||East and South East Asian Cultures|
|February 22 (Wed)||Ash Wednesday||Western Christianity|
|March 8 (Wed)||Holi||Hinduism|
|March 20–21 (Mon–Tues)||Naw-Rúz (New Year)||Baha'i|
|March 22–April 21*||Ramadan||Muslim|
|April 1–2 (Sat–Sun)||General Conference||Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints|
|April 2 (Sun)||Palm Sunday||Western Christianity|
|April 21* (Fri)||Eid al Fitr||Muslim|
|April 7 (Fri)||Good Friday||Western Christianity|
|April 5–6 and 14/15 (4/5–4/15) (Wed–Thurs and Fri/Sat)||Pesach/Passover||Judaism|
|April 9 (Sun)||Easter||Western Christianity|
|April 24 (Mon)||Easter||Orthodox Christianity|
|May 1 (Mon)||Beltane||Wicca/Paganism|
|July 28–29* (Fri–Sat)||Eid al Adha||Muslim|
Rowland Hall strives to graduate good citizens, not just students well-prepared for college. Concepts such as character, service, ethics, and community matter here. From the earliest grades through senior year, we stress the need to lead by example and have a positive influence on the lives of others.