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Schools Dropping Religious Holidays to Make Up for Snow Days

By    |   Monday, 16 Mar 2015 02:20 PM

Schools on the east coast are dropping religious holidays and, in some cases, adding Saturdays to help offset snow days.

A school district in Easton, Mass., decided to no longer let students off school for Yom Kippur and Good Friday for the next academic school year, and students will have to stay in school until June 29 to make up for days off from record snow fall this winter, The (Brockton, Mass.) Enterprise reported. 

The Easton school board opted for keeping kids at school those days instead of starting the school year a few days earlier. However, those in the Jewish community are upset by the move.

"There are a lot of issues with the entire process regarding the meeting and the decision and the vote," said Laura Fogel, a parent who has children who attend Easton schools.

"The fact that nobody from the Jewish community was there to represent Jewish interests, that speaks volumes to advance public notice," Fogel said.

A North Carolina school district in Wake County has decided to add Saturday school days — one in April and one in May — as well as make Good Friday a school day, WRAL News reported. 

The decision has received a lot of complaints from upset parents saying that their kids won't be at school on those days.

The Wake County School District's deputy superintendent Cathy Moore said that "no matter when we schedule, I know we are going to have conflict."

Other North Carolina school districts have opted to extend the school year a few days and turn half days into full days.

A Virginia Beach school district has decided to make school days longer to make up for snow days.

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