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Online Petition Started to Keep Good Friday, Rosh Hashanah Off for Natick Students

The School Committee is thinking about making many changes to the 2014-15 school calendar.

Online Petition Started to Keep Good Friday, Rosh Hashanah Off for Natick Students. Photo courtesy change.org
Online Petition Started to Keep Good Friday, Rosh Hashanah Off for Natick Students. Photo courtesy change.org
Natick resident Ken Richmond is asking the public to sign an online petition to keep Good Friday and Rosh Hashanah as off days for Natick Public Schools students.

The School Committee is thinking about making changes to the 2014-15 school calendar, and eliminating these days as off days is on the table.

"The Natick schools can best serve our town's children, families, and educators by continuing to close school on these religious holidays, when a significant minority of our children, teachers, and support staff are absent," Richmond writes in the online petition.

As of Dec. 5, the petition had 215 signatures.

Superintendent Peter Sanchioni asked parents to take an online survey to give him the School Committee feedback on possible changes to the calendar.

"The questions in the survey are designed to elicit your thoughts and opinions," Sanchioni said in a statement. "Your input will be one of the main determinants in helping the School Committee and superintendent make decisions that will have an impact on future district policies and procedures." 


Melanie Chamberlin December 12, 2013 at 08:20 AM
Seems to me that there are too many days and 1/2 days to begin with. Children are now ending school a week shy of July if all the snow days are used. By the second week of June all they are doing is watching movies and playing games. Limit the 1/2 days to 4 a year max (sorry teachers but if you need to train, do it over the summer or one of the school breaks. My daughter is an elementary school teacher). And if you are talking religious holidays then being the diverse nation that we are, we seem to be overlooking a few large groups that can add a day or 2 to the ever growing observance list. Why don't you honor by talking about it in school instead of giving working parents another headache for finding day care or older kids another reason to hang out at the mall.
Hugh Maguire December 16, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Keep all religious holidays, they are few enough as it is, and eliminate some of these 1/2 days that students seem to get once a week! If you eliminate some of these frequent 1/2 days that are unwarranted and unnecessary, we can easily keep Good Friday and Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur; and even add an Easter Monday off; as they do in the British Commonwealth.

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