Prince William County school officials recently floated an alternate calendar that adds Jewish, Hindu and Muslim holidays to the 2021-22 school year, but a public survey found many parents, students and staff would rather have a longer winter break.

School staff developed two calendar options for the school board to consider, one with traditional holidays and the other incorporating additional holidays that reflect the diversity of the community, school officials said in a news release.

The school calendar traditionally includes a winter break over Christmas and New Year's Day and a spring break near Easter. Other holidays off on the calendar include Labor Day, Veterans Day, Election Day, Thanksgiving break, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Inauguration Day, Washington's Birthday/President's Day and Memorial Day.

The newly-developed calendar would add the Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah; the Jewish holy day Yom Kippur; Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, and the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr.

To account for those days, school officials proposed removing days from winter break, as well as the Monday after spring break. 

More than 13,000 responded to the school survey about the two proposed calendars. Of those, 79.7% were parents, 22.2% were staff members and 5% were students. The majority, 65%, said they prefer the traditional calendar. 

Key themes in comments included:

  • Desire for two-week Winter Break
  • View that the new holidays are inclusive
  • Concerns about how holidays are referenced
  • Interest in possibility of year-round school
  • Just under half of respondents indicated they would not change anything with either option.
  • Nearly a quarter of respondents (24%) indicated they would prefer to extend Winter Break in Option B, which would make the school year end later in June.

The school board is set to discuss and approve a 2021-22 calendar at its Nov. 4 meeting.

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todd6263

Of those responding, "79.7% were parents, 22.2% were staff members and 5% were students." Total responding equals 106.9%. Hopefully these calculations weren't done by math teachers from the school system.

Citizen52

...or their statisticians in the Accountability Department.

You probably missed the possibility of Staff being parents too. 😱😱😱

Citizen52

You make a good point but for proper data analysis, they would have tried to separate the groups.

411Catharpin

Hold on here campers. What? Are you all prejudice against us?

Why do you ALWAYS leave off the holidays for us Druids and Satanists, us members of the LBGQLMNOP society, us dolphine worships and us farmers that literally practice animal husbandry.

I mean really if we can expand our kids daze off, let's be fair.

Hug a tree, thank a Druid, take a day off.

Heck, uncle joe biden will take care of us all so why go to school at all.

Better yet, let's flip the script and instead of 20 days off, not counting every monday, letz gave off ALL days except for 20 skool days and give into the union and of course pay them for 180 daze of breathing.

It must be nice to be able to hide your racist idioticy from those (cats) that know and (pretend to) love you.

Localrider

You are not hiding your racism. You hate whites, boy.

Soily

Normally I would let it go since I knew what you meant, but since you like so many of the vile left like to correct others, I had to say something. The word is "idiocy" not "idiotsy". BTW, cats are evil whether they belong to a conservative or liberal.

fake_journalist

Why is Easter and Christmas racist and offensive, but they can shove their heathen holidays down our children's throats?

Please show where anyone claimed it was racist or offensive and what heathen holidays are you referring to since heathen is defined as “a person who does not belong to a widely held religion (especially one who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim) as regarded by those who do”?

citizen1

Two words: winter break.

Hawkeye10

At the end of the day, it probably doesnt matter what the public school system refers to the Holidays or Breaks or National Donut Day. If the "state" doesnt want to call it "Christmas break," so be it. Christians can still celebrate their day. Literally ,it is a winter break since Christmas Day isnt the only day off. The semantics dont really matter in my opinion. Just because the state titles something, doesnt mean the intended holiday magically disappears either.

Iwouldntgiveabean

The holidays themselves aren't racist or offensive. It is the practitioners who force dogma down peoples necks and expect to be respected. There are 4300 religions in the world, but everyone gotta be beholden to Christian ideology for some reason. Don't you ever wonder why what brand of religion you ascribe to is highly influenced by the geographic region you live in?

Hawkeye10

Christianity was brought to the New World...

As a matter of fact, a majority, if not All Ivy-League schools were founded on Christian doctrine. But thats obviously not the case any longer, I wonder why...

"Don't you ever wonder why what brand of religion you ascribe to is highly influenced by the geographic region you live in?"

Makes sense, but what I wonder more so and agree with William Clouser Boyd, who defined race as "not an individual, not a single genotype, but a group of individuals more or less from the same geographical area (a population), usually with a number of identical genes, but in which many different types may occur."

Racial characteristics, at their origins, came from where people lived, more than from their genes. Skin color lightened as an adaptation based upon migration.

Iwouldntgiveabean

Please explain your stance on Eugenics as you agree with William C Boyd.

https://www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/William-C-Boyd-1090278

Hawkeye10

William Clouser Boyd, more or less, agreed with Frank Livingstone, who rejected the concept of race altogether. He pointed out that although it is true that there is biological variability between the populations of organisms which comprise a species, this variability does not conform to the discrete packages we call races. Therefore, there are what are called Clines, which comprises of a gradient of physiological change in a group of related organisms that usually take place during environmental transition.

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