School year 2021-2022 start day falls on the same day as Rosh Hashonah, the Jewish New Year and the beginning of the High Holy Day season. The VB School Board spent about 30 seconds discussing and voted to force students and staff of the Jewish faith to choose between missing the first day of school or not attending synagogue. This is not acceptable.
There is an easy fix. Delay the start of school by one day, or start the school year BEFORE Labor Day.
Growing up in PA, as part of the Jewish minority, no practicing member of the faith could earn a perfect attendance award. While the absences for religious worship were excused, they still counted as a missed day. And never was it possible for the first day of school to fall on any of the High Holy Days because the year began PRIOR to Labor Day.
I call on those of us on this forum to stand with the staff and students of Jewish faith and support whatever necessary change is required to protect the religious freedoms of all.