No School on Religious Holidays in Boston Public Schools

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Throughout the school year, students all over BPS miss days of school for various religious holidays such as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Lunar New Year or Eid al-Fitr, observed by students of Jewish, Buddhist, and Muslim faiths, respectively. This is not acceptable, especially when school is cancelled for other holidays such as Good Friday.

When students miss school, they not only have to catch up on work missed in class, but they are still responsible for homework assigned over the holiday. I speak from experience. It's not fair that students who miss school have to get back from a day of religious services only to sit down and do homework for six hours. That is not how these sacred holidays are meant to be celebrated. Personally, I am Jewish, and every year I face the choice of skipping three days of school for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to go to services, or staying in school just so I don't fall behind.

It is difficult to understand why in this day and age, Boston Public Schools doesn't give all students of faith a day off to celebrate their important holidays like it does its Christian students. Other school districts around greater Boston such as Newton, Needham, Natick and Brookline all have a day off for Rosh Hashanah, if not other holidays. Boston prides itself on being first. First public school system in America. First to rebel against British occupation. Let's make Boston Public Schools the first to recognize holidays of ALL religions, as Boston is a city for ALL. 



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