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1 Revised Resolution November 22, 2016 RESOLUTION The List of Religious Holidays Permitting Student Absence from School WHEREAS, according to N.J.S.A. 18A:36-14 through 16 and N.J.A.C. 6A:32-8.3(j), regarding student absence from school because of religious holidays, the Commissioner of Education, with the approval of the State Board of Education, is charged with the responsibility of prescribing such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the purpose of the law; and WHEREAS, the law provides that: 1. Any student absent from school because of a religious holiday may not be deprived of any award or of eligibility or opportunity to compete for any award because of such absence; 2. Students who miss a test or examination because of absence on a religious holiday must be given the right to take an alternate test or examination; 3. To be entitled to the privileges set forth above, the student must present a written excuse signed by a parent or person standing in place of a parent; 4. Any absence because of a religious holiday must be recorded in the school register or in any group or class attendance record as an excused absence; 5. Such absence must not be recorded on any transcript or application or employment form or on any similar form; and 6. The Commissioner, with the approval of the State Board of Education, is required to: (a) prescribe such rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this act; and (b) prepare a list of religious holidays on which it shall be mandatory to excuse a student. The list, however, is to be a minimum list. Boards of education, at their discretion, may add other days to the list for the schools of their districts; and

2 WHEREAS, although the New Jersey Department of Education makes every attempt to ensure the accuracy of the dates using the lunar, Gregorian and Julian calendars; and WHEREAS, dates within this resolution may not be fixed before the State Board adopts the annual calendar and may require additional revision; now therefore be it RESOLVED, the State Board of Education permits the Commissioner of Education, after annual adoption by the State Board of Education, to revise the dates provided in list of religious holidays. WHEREAS, the district board of education has the right to add any bona fide religious holiday to the list for its own schools; now therefore be it, RESOLVED that the State Board of Education adopts the following list of religious holidays for the school year:

3 * Revised on November 22, 2016 to reflect corrected date of Palm Sunday (Eastern Orthodox School-Year Observance July 2 July 7-9 July 9 July 19 August 16 August 1 August 6 August 7 August 14 August 15 August 18 August 25 September 1 September 5 September 7 September 8 September 10 September September 14 October 1-10 October 3 October 3-4 October 11 October 12 October October 20 October 24 October 25 October 30 October 31 July 2016 Laylat as-qadr (Islam)* Eid al Fitr (Islam)* Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha i) Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist) Guru Purnima (Hindu)* Ulambana/Obon (Buddhist) August 2016 Fast in Honor of the Holy Mother of Lord Jesus (Eastern Orthodox Lammas (Christian and Wicca) Transfiguration of the Lord (Eastern Orthodox Naga Panchami (Hindu)* Tish a B Av (Jewish) Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Catholic Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)* Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)* September 2016 Ecclesiastical Year begins (Eastern Orthodox Ganesha Chaturthi (Hindu)* His Holiness Sakya Trizin s Birthday (Buddhist) Nativity of Mary ( Nativity of the Theotokos (Eastern Orthodox Hajj Day (Islam)* Eid al Adha (Islam)* Onam (Hindu)*; The Elevation of the Holy Cross (Eastern Orthodox October 2016 Navaratri (Hindu)* Feast of Trumpets (Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God) Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) Duserra (Hindu)* Yom Kippur (Jewish) Day of Atonement (Christian, Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God) Sukkot (Jewish) Feast of Tabernacles (Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God) Birth of B ab (Baha i) Installation of the Scriptures as Guru Granth (Sikh) Last Great Day (Church of God, Philadelphia Church of God); Shemini Atzeret (Jewish) Simcat Torah (Jewish) Diwali (Hindu, Jain and Sikh)* Goverdhan Puja (Hindu)*

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5 March 1 March 12 March 13 March 20 March 21 March 25 March 27 March 28 April 1 April 5 April 9 April 10 April 11 April April April April 13 April April 14 April 16 April 17 April 20 April 24 April 25 April 28 May 1 May 10 May 12 May 14 May 23 March 2017 Ash Wednesday ( Purim (Jewish) L. Ron Hubbard s Birthday (Church of Scientology) Holi (Hindu)* Hola Mohalla (Sikh) Ostara (Wicca) Naw Ruz (Baha i) Nowruz (Zoroastrian) The Annunciation of the Theotokos (Eastern Orthodox The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary( Clean Monday (Eastern Orthodox Khordad Sal (Zoroastrian) Chandramana Yugadi (Hindu)* Souramana Yugadi (Hindu)* April 2017 Lazarus Saturday (Eastern Orthodox Ramnavami (Hindu)* Palm Sunday ( Palm Sunday (Eastern Orthodox Passover (Philadelphia Church of God); Mahavir Jayanti (Jain) Lord s Evening Meal (Christian, Jehovah s Witness) Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)* First Day of Unleavened Bread (Church of God) Theravadin New Year (Buddhist) Days of Unleavened Bread (Philadelphia Church of God) Passover (Jewish) Holy Thursday (Christian, Eastern Orthodox Passover/Days of Unleavened Bread (Church of God and Saints of Christ) Holy Friday (Christian, Eastern Orthodox Easter (Christian, Eastern Orthodox Easter Monday ( Last Day of Unleavened Bread (Church of God) Bright Monday (Eastern Orthodox First Day of Ridvan (Baha i) Lailat al Miraj (Islam)* The 11 th Panchen Lama s Birthday (Buddhist) Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha i) May 2017 Beltane (Wicca) Yom Ha Azmaut (Jewish) Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Baha i) Buddha s Birthday/Buddha Day Visakha Puja (Buddhist) Lailat al Bara ah (Islam)* Lag B Omer (Jewish) Declaration of the Bab (Baha i)

6 May 25 May 27 May 28 May 31 June 1 June 4 June 16 June 21 June 29 Ascension of Our Lord ( Ramadan (Islam) Ascension of Baha u llah (Baha i) Shavuot (Jewish) June 2017 Pentecost ( Pentecost (Eastern Orthodox Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib (Sikh) Litha (Wicca) Fast of the Holy Apostles (Eastern Orthodox * Disclaimer: New Jersey Department of Education has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy of the dates. The information has been verified through the use of various sources and some dates may vary due to the lunar, Gregorian and Julian calendars. Kimberley Harrington, Acting Commissioner Secretary, NJ State Board of Education Mark W. Biedron, President NJ State Board of Education

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