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.
- Teachers have the responsibility to plan curriculum to ensure that information presented during major religious and cultural holidays can be easily obtained by students upon their return. In cases where students may not have time to complete work during their absence, these assignments will have alternate deadlines that are, at the earliest, after the weekend that follows the major religious or cultural holiday.
- Students or parents/caregivers have the responsibility to give timely prior notification of absences to teachers and office staff. This can be done in person or via email.
- 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 for 2023–2024 School Year||Holiday or Observance||Religious Group|
|September 15–17 (Friday–Sunday)||Rosh Hashanah||Judaism|
|September 24–25* (Sunday–Monday)||Yom Kippur||Judaism|
|September 30–October 1 (Saturday–Sunday)||General Conference||Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
|November 1 (Wednesday)||Samhain||Wicca/Paganism|
|November 1 (Wednesday)||All Saints Day, All Souls Day||Western Christianity|
|November 2 (Thursday)||All Souls Day||Western Christianity|
|November 12 (Sunday)||Diwali||Hinduism|
|December 7–15 (Thursday–Friday)||Hanukkah||Judaism|
|December 8 (Thursday)||Bodhi Day||Buddhism|
|December 25 (Sunday)||Christmas||Western Christianity|
|January 7 (Saturday)||Christmas||Orthodox Christianity|
|February 10 (Saturday)||Lunar New Year||East and South East Asian Cultures|
|February 14 (Wednesday)||Ash Wednesday||Western Christianity|
|March 10–April 9* (Sunday–Tuesday)||Ramadan||Islam|
|March 20–21 (Wednesday–Thursday)||Naw-Rúz (New Year)||Baha'i|
|March 24 (Sunday)||Palm Sunday||Western Christianity|
|March 25 (Monday)||Holi||Hinduism|
|March 29 (Friday)||Good Friday||Western Christianity|
|March 31 (Sunday)||Easter||Western Christianity|
|April 6–7 (Saturday–Sunday)||General Conference||Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
|April 9* (Tuesday)||Eid al Fitr||Islam|
|April 22–23* (Wednesday–Thursday)||Pesach/Passover||Judaism|
|May 1 (Monday)||Beltane||Wicca/Paganism|
|May 5 (Sunday)||Easter||Orthodox Christianity|
|July 16–17* (Sunday–Monday)||Eid al Adha||Islam|
*Jewish and Muslim holidays begin at sundown on the date specified. Muslim holidays may shift based on the official sighting of the crescent moon.
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