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Illinois School District adding Muslim holiday, considers dropping Veterans & Presidents Days
Under the approved district calendar for next school year, classes will begin Aug. 21 and end June 3, 2014 if no mak-up days are needed. In addition to Eid ul Adha on Oct. 15, the district will close for Rosh Hashanah Sept. 5 and Good Friday April 18, 2014.
District 68 for the first time is also considering adopting a 2014-15 calendar soon, thereby beginning a pattern of planning two-year calendars at a time.
“Lots of school districts are adopting two-year calendars now,” McTague said. “This next year though will be a little more challenging.”
That’s because more religious holidays fall on school days and Niles Township High School District 219 is beginning its calendar in 2014-15 earlier than before. The feeder elementary school districts have always taken into account the high school district’s calendar.
The District 68 Board last week discussed waiving three usual days off in the 2014-15 calendar: Veterans Day, Presidents Day and Casimir Pulaski Day. The state allows districts to get waivers to stay open for those holidays although District 68 has never done so before.
The District 68 School Board could vote on a 2014-15 calendar in February.