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Old 05-15-2008, 04:01 PM
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It's very unlikely that any school would schedule mid-terms on Rosh Hashana, which occurs in September.
However, given the plethora of religious holidays (Ramadan lasts for a month, for example), and the lack of consistent dates for many celebrations, it's understandable that schools and teachers might find it difficult to schedule exams, games, field trips, etc. around such holidays. My experience has been that plenty of advance warning is usually sufficient to deal with exams, but it's not realistic to expect that a school system with few Jews or Muslims will be in a position to avoid scheduling conflicts. Sometimes, being an observant Jew/Muslim/Catholic requires sacrificing a football game or concert for a religious event.
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Old 05-15-2008, 04:36 PM
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Thak you Sundevil-- I was trying to determine if they are respectful of these religious differnces and that is an indication of it.
As I was distracted while writing in my brief period of time I have to myself I mistakenly said midterm at Rosh Hashana. The friend I heard about this from was refering to another, lesser known holiday (Shemini Atzeret), which I do not know, but my point was that they gave her hell about rescheduling the midterm.
My point is, yes there are many hoidays and I think the school system should be respectful enough to not celebrate one without celebrating all of them (which is absolutely impossible) and should treat students with respect when they miss a particular day. Not that the schools should close. Not that they should schedule tests with this in mind.
Claremarie, you sound like a defensive school employee.
I am trying to determine whether the schools are religiously neutral or not. Whether I am gonna get my kids doing cardboard cutouts of Santa just before "Christmas Break" or of snowmen just before "Winter Break" and teachers giving a Muslim/Jewish/Catholic kid a hard time for religious absences.
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Old 05-16-2008, 09:05 PM
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Interesting links from Fairfax School site:


Calendar of Religious and Cultural Observances
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Old 05-17-2008, 11:04 PM
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Cool! Thanks for the info!
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