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Stamford Schools Consider New Policy On Holidays

Calendar (file / credit: clipart.com)

Calendar (file / credit: clipart.com)

STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - A Board of Education committee in Stamford is looking at the calendar and which holidays schools would be closed a long term policy question.

In Fairfield County, the calendar varies from town to town when it comes to holidays including Columbus Day and Veterans Day.

The Stamford Advocate reported that one veteran told a committee meeting last week that he feels like they’re being targeted and they’re going to have to give in.

 

The rabbi of one of congregation said a change on the calendar for Rosh Hashanah might be viewed in the Jewish community as a “signal that the school system is less friendly.”

The panel’s co-chair said other districts and the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education say the trend is towards setting district holidays as policy rather than “agonizing year over year.”

“I think it’s actually really helpful to engage people and invite people to participate in the conversation to understand the community’s values,” the Board of Education’s Gary Klein told WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane.

“They want to get as far as two years down the line so that people can plan their vacations, plan their time off,” said Robert Rader, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education.

Klein said they hope to have a policy by summer. Any change would require two votes by the full board of education.