Muslim holidays to be recognized and for JD SCHOOLS to close on these days

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October, 17th, 2019

Jamesville and Dewitt, New York

To the Jamesville and Dewitt (JD) school district board,

We are writing you as the residents of the JD school district. As students and parents, we request that the JD school district publicly acknowledge practicing Muslim students in our school system. Islam is the second largest of the three monotheistic religions in the world. Just as our school system acknowledges Christian and Jewish Holidays, we request that the JD school district recognizes Muslims holidays in an equivalent manner. Muslims across the world, including all Muslims in New York celebrate Ramadan Eve, the day of Eid Al-Fitr, and Eid Al-Adha, which are the three most important holidays in the Islamic faith. We request that the JD school system observe these threeholidays the same way Christian and Jewish holidays are observed in our school system. We believe , that  all of us ( Jamesville Dewitt residents)  as one community can demonstrate to our kids that "Yes" JD Rams respects all cultures, religions, no matter who they are, where they live, where they go to school, or where they come from  by closing schools on these days.

Sincerely,

JD school district residents

New York State Education Department Advanced Education Education Equity.

Fundamentally, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is about creating a set of interlocking strategies to promote educational equity by providing support to districts and schools as they work to ensure that every student succeeds. New York State is committed to ensuring that all students succeed and thrive in school no matter who they are, where they live, where they go to school, or where they come from. 

To foster equity, the New York State ESSA plan:

• addresses disparities in training for teachers to help them be effective in the classroom;
• provides students more access to rigorous high school coursework;
• makes schools equally welcoming environments for all students;
• increases fiscal transparency in school building spending; and
• uses multiple measures to allow students to demonstrate proficiency in state learning standards.
http://www.nysed.gov/essa/advancing-educational-equity