Designate Lunar New Year as a Professional Development Day for Coppell ISD

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Asian students account for 47.4% of total students in Coppell ISD and the increase of Asian American families in our school district is a trend that is not diminishing any time soon.

The Lunar New Year is celebrated by Chinese, Koreans, Vietnamese, and many other Asian cultures. While schools are not required to close on a particular religious holiday, there is a matter of administrative convenience given a large number of students that would likely be absent on Lunar New Year. For instance, schools are closed on Good Friday as a "Weather Day."

Even if a child wishes to observe the holiday, their families, known to emphasize education as a top priority, hesitate. At best, too many families squeeze in a rushed celebration -- fit in between the end of after-school activities, homework, studying, and bedtime.

1. A number of school districts across the US have adopted Lunar New Year (with Eid and Diwali) as an official school holiday (as "professional development" or "weather" day).  The number of students who would benefit from Lunar New Year being an official school holiday in Coppell ISD is actually significantly greater than in many of the districts listed below.

New York:

East Meadow School District, East Williston Union Free School District, Half Hollow Hills Central School District, Herricks Union Free School District, Hicksville Union Free School District, and Syosset Central School District

New Jersey:

Glen Rock School District, West Windsor-Plainsboro School District, Piscataway School District, Passaic City School District, and South Brunswick School District

Others:

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District (PA), Harvard Public Schools (MA), and Howard County District (MD)

Syosset, New York, has only 26% Asians (compared to more than 47.4% in Coppell ISD). Its high school is ranked 173rd nationally (Coppell High School is at #463 in US News High school ranking). In Howard County, Maryland Asians numbers are at 21.2% (compared to more than 47.4% in Coppell ISD). Its high schools are ranked at 226, 258, and 373 in the US News ranking (compared to CHS at #463). Both of these school districts agreed to put Lunar New Year on their calendar (with other holidays) as "professional development day."

Our Coppell ISD community would greatly benefit from being more inclusive if we officially recognize the Lunar New Year as a Professional Development Day. Parents and children would not feel guilty or slighted for taking the day off from school in order to celebrate this major holiday with family and friends. The total school days will still be guaranteed and won't be influenced by this petition. 

Please sign this petition as your support for making Lunar New Year a Professional Development Day for Coppell School District.

Thank you!

Celebrators of Lunar New Year



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