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Some Maryland schools consider opening on 2 Jewish holy days

Posted October 5

— Some school districts in Maryland are considering staying open on two Jewish holy days next September.

A gubernatorial mandate requires the school year to begin after Labor Day and end by June 15.

The Baltimore Sun reports that school districts around the region are finding that fluctuations in the 2018-2019 calendar make it difficult to accommodate spring break and the Jewish holy days that students have traditionally had off.

In some districts, that could mean school will be open on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, two of the most important observances in the Jewish calendar.

Other measures being considered are paring down spring break and allocating fewer days for bad weather. Some districts are considering asking the state school board to allow them to stay open on President's Day, a federal holiday.

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