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Beachwood City Schools News Article

Three Holidays Added to Academic Calendar

January 25, 2023

As part of our commitment to creating an inclusive and responsive learning community, Beachwood Schools is proud to recognize three new holidays–Lunar New Year, Eid al-Fitr, and Diwali–on the academic calendar. 

Starting in the 2023-2024 school year, these holidays will be recognized as days off for students when they fall on a weekday.

“By providing these days on the calendars, families can celebrate without having to choose between sending their child to school or participating in a family event,” stated Assistant Superintendent Ken Veon.

The Beachwood Board of Education voted Jan. 23 to approve the addition of these holidays on the 2023-2024 calendar. The Board is scheduled to vote Feb. 27 on the 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 calendars, which were presented for comments and questions in a public hearing at the Jan. 23 Board of Education meeting. 

Lunar New Year, known as the Spring Festival in China, celebrates the beginning of a new year on the lunisolar calendar. In honor of Lunar New Year, Beachwood Schools has designated Feb. 9, 2024 as a school holiday.

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. Beachwood Schools will recognize Eid al-Fitr on April 10, 2024. 

Diwali, an important religious festival originating in India, will be observed on Nov. 1, 2024. 

The decision to include these holidays on the academic calendar is the result of a collaboration between the administration, the Beachwood Federation of Teachers, and families participating in the Beachwood Schools affinity groups. The affinity groups worked closely with the administration to identify holidays that are significant to many students in the District.

“I’m hopeful, through this simple recognition of the holidays, that people from other cultures will know about the holidays, seek more information and an understanding about them, and most importantly, respect the practices of people who celebrate them to help develop a culture of inclusiveness and acceptance,” said Dr. Veon.  

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