Major Religious and Cultural Holidays in 2019-2020
August 11 Eid al-Adha begins
September 30-Oct 1 Rosh Hashanah
October 9 Yom Kippur
October 27 Diwali begins
December 23 Hanukkah begins
December 25 Christmas
December 26 Kwanzaa
January 6 Epiphany
January 7 Orthodox Christmas
January 25 Chinese New Year
March 9 Holi
April 9 First Day of Passover
April 10 Good Friday
April 12 Easter
April 17 Orthodox Good Friday
April 19 Orthodox Easter
April 24 Ramadan begins
May 24 Eid al-Fitr
The observance of both Jewish and Muslim holidays begins at sundown of the preceding day.
* RELIGIOUS & CULTURAL HOLIDAYS POLICIES
By law, public bodies cannot endorse or unduly favor one religion over another. Due to the number of holidays celebrated by families in our community, District 103 will not cancel school for religious or cultural reasons. A partial list of major religious & cultural holidays is listed on the reverse of this sheet for reference and awareness only.
While school is in session on religious holidays, we support every family’s and students’ freedom to practice their religion. For consistency, the following guidelines have been established.
Excused Absences – District 103 will allow excused absences for students to celebrate religious holidays.
Notification of Absences – Parents are expected to follow procedures for reporting absences as stipulated in the parent-student handbook. Early notification of planned absences by parents is appreciated but not required.
Religious Holiday Observance – A student may not be penalized for their observance of a religious holiday. The student will be given one week to complete work impacted by the religious observance as well as makeup any missed tests or quizzes. Staff and teachers shall provide students with class notes or syllabus, and any assignments prior to the absence if requested and if available. Otherwise, these items shall be provided upon return from a religious holiday.
Sports and Extracurricular Activities – The District makes every effort to avoid conflicts on religious holidays. In the instance when a conflict may occur, students will not be penalized because they are unable to participate in a sporting event, practice, try-out or another extra-curricular activity due to their observance of a religious holiday.