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Old 04-04-2013, 07:20 AM   #181
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Now they do when I was in middle school and high school they did however there were years in elementary school where they didn't close. Before I started school my mom said she would have to take off from work, she works in a school. Nowadays the students get off though.
Hm, I wonder if it's the age difference or just different areas in NY. The person I was talking to is around 45 and said that she always had 2 days off, so we're talking about the 1970's.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:10 AM   #182
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Forty-five, huh? She may be misremembering . Yom Kippur is a 24 hour holy day. There wouldn't generally be any reason to close schools for two days.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:19 AM   #183
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Forty-five, huh? She may be misremembering . Yom Kippur is a 24 hour holy day. There wouldn't generally be any reason to close schools for two days.
Actually on Long Island most of the public schools close one day for Rosh Hashanah and two for Yom Kippur.

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Old 04-04-2013, 08:49 AM   #184
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Actually on Long Island most of the public schools close one day for Rosh Hashanah and two for Yom Kippur.

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Plus the days for Passover.
Christians have 2 holidays of which one is always on Sunday.
And many we aren't closed on Good Friday use vacation days or don't get paid.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:50 AM   #185
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I know when I was growing up, none of my schools (N. Indiana) closed for Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. I'd take the days off (excused) to go to services, but it was counted as an absence, so I was never eligible for "perfect attendance" awards. I honestly didn't think (and still don't) that was fair.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:51 AM   #186
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Plus the days for Passover.
Christians have 2 holidays of which one is always on Sunday.
And many we aren't closed on Good Friday use vacation days or don't get paid.
Schools (public) close for Passover?
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Schools (public) close for Passover?
Our schools close Passover week. If it doesn't coincide with Easter, they get just Good Friday off.
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Schools (public) close for Passover?
Yes, around here they do, just like they close for Christmas.
Some school districts have also decided to close for Muslim holidays (1 or 2 days I think). The decision usually is made based on the population of the school district-if a large percentage of students are going to be absent for a particular day that factors into the decision.
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I know when I was growing up, none of my schools (N. Indiana) closed for Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. I'd take the days off (excused) to go to services, but it was counted as an absence, so I was never eligible for "perfect attendance" awards. I honestly didn't think (and still don't) that was fair.

I don't think that's fair either.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:42 AM   #190
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Schools (public) close for Passover?
Our public district is always closed for Passover. We also are always closed for Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah.
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Our public district is always closed for Passover. We also are always closed for Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah.
Out here in California, religious holidays are politically incorrect.

Christmas break is now Winter Break, and just "happens" to include Christmas.

Easter break is now Spring break and just "happens" to include Easter.

Halloween is now the Harvest Festival. (remember, Pagans consider Halloween a religious holiday)

Good Friday has never been a school holiday here, and now it is no longer a company holiday where DW and I work.

My company is willing to work around religious holidays, but only if you use vacation time.

I am old enough to remember not understanding (as a non-Catholic) on Friday in elementary school.....prior to to Vatican II in 1965........why some kids moms were yelling at the Principal because the school lunch menu said they were serving hamburgers that day instead of Mac and Chesse or Fish Sticks. The printed menu was wrong, but that whole "no meat on Friday" was outside my Presbyterian upbringing. Best part, the kids of the yelling moms were mad that they WEREN'T having hamburgers for lunch.
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Yes, around here they do, just like they close for Christmas.
I don't understand the confusion. I just have never heard of it.
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The school district I work for does not recognize any religious holidays either. Winter break includes Christmas. In my contract it is noted that I will be paid for "The work day before the federally designated Christmas holiday" and "Federally designated Christmas holiday".

We are always off on Good Friday, however it is referred to as the "Spring Holiday" and I do not get paid for it. It is generally separate from our spring break. I can use one of my two floating holidays if I want to get paid for "Spring Holiday". I usually use them during spring break.

When I was growing up we always got Good Friday and Easter Monday off of school. I understand they still do in that district, but those days are wrapped into spring break.
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I don't understand the confusion. I just have never heard of it.
Oh I see. To me it's just the same logic as public schools closing for Christian holidays-if it affects a significant number of students/staff the school will close. I guess I have lived in diverse areas so I'm not surprised by it. Although I hadn't heard of Cesar Chavez day until someone posted about it here. (not a religious holiday but similar idea!)
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Oh I see. To me it's just the same logic as public schools closing for Christian holidays-if it affects a significant number of students/staff the school will close. I guess I have lived in diverse areas so I'm not surprised by it. Although I hadn't heard of Cesar Chavez day until someone posted about it here. (not a religious holiday but similar idea!)
Where I grew up DEFINITELY wasn't diverse. And while our synagogue had a Sedar (I think on the second night to allow families to celebrate on the first night), I don't remember anything requiring (not the right word, but hopefully you understand what I mean) a day time presence, much less a week long.

Another question... was the week off for Passover in addition to "Spring Break" or was "Spring Break" scheduled for Passover week?
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