Parents concerned over Jewish holiday and first day of school

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This school year isn't over yet. But some Capital Region parents are already concerned about the first day of school next year.
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cracker

Troy, NY

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May 14, 2010
 
One of the problems is that many Jewish holidays "float". meaning they are not on any specific day like Christmas always comes on Dec. 25. It is true that Easter floats but it is always on the weekend. Good friday floats, too ,but I have seen times when school has been held on that day to make up for excessive snow days.
For Real

Ballston Lake, NY

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May 14, 2010
 
Really, they couldn't look at a Calendar???...And it's set in stone now... C'mon, they don't even have budgets yet, their funding is in limbo, but the schedule is set in stone?
Really crass not to correct this S-G and BH/BL!!!
citizen

Woodside, NY

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May 14, 2010
 

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This is not hard people--be considerate, and start school a day later or a day earlier.
glenville neighbor

Schenectady, NY

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May 22, 2010
 
This is nuts! I cant believe that in this day and age we even have to discuss the fact that the school wont close on a major Jewish holiday. Whats even crazier is that the district is so close to other areas where many Jewish people live. What are you trying to say BH-BL?????
Observer-Niskayu na-NY

Clifton Park, NY

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Jun 10, 2010
 

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to **** in Amsterdam. Yes it's true, Jewish Holidays float, as the Jewish Calendar is based on the Lunar Cycle. However, in this day and age of computers and 5-year calendars, etc..I don't see how hard it can be. Niskayuna School plans it's April break to always begin with Good Friday, so obviously, working with floating holidays isn't as complicated as you would have us believe. As to beginning on Jewish Holiday, that is just plain insensitve. I think all school districts should be closed for the same major holidays, but if a particular school district cannot or will not close for Jewish Holidays at least refrain from starting school on that day or scheduleing events and/or tests on them. We are talking about 2 days out of the school year, and some years it's not even an issue as they sometimes fall on the weekend. So let's show a little acceptance and flexability. How hard could that be??
you got it

Lake George, NY

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Jun 10, 2010
 
citizen wrote:
This is not hard people--be considerate, and start school a day later or a day earlier.
yeah really,this isn't rocket science folks!
Rush

Albany, NY

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Jun 11, 2010
 
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