At the Board of Education June 19, 2019 Stated Meeting, the Trustees unanimously adopted a resolution, “to recognize Eid-al-Fitr on the academic calendar of the Yonkers City School District, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, and continuing each school year thereafter, as an approved religious observance day, consistent with this Resolution.”
Board President Rev. Steve Lopez noted at the meeting that, “over the past several years Yonkers has seen a growing number of residents who are of Islamic faith, and/or identify as of the Muslim religion. Therefore, this growth is reflected in our student population.” The adopted resolution states, the Muslim religious holiday of Eid-al-Fitr is a holiday within the Muslim faith as a day when families practicing in that religion may be forced to choose between their children participating in those events as part of their religious observance, and therefore not attending school, or alternatively attending school and therefore not being able to engage in their religious observance; … families and students within the Yonkers City School District should not be placed in a position where they must choose between their religion and the education provided by the Yonkers City School District.
Annually, in compliance with District Policy 4110 the school calendar is prepared by the Superintendent of Schools in collaboration with a committee of representatives from each of the employee bargaining units and Yonkers Council of PTAs parents. The calendar includes, among other things, approved religious observance days. The addition of Eid-al-Fitr reflects the vibrant tapestry of cultures in the Yonkers Public Schools learning community and the City of Yonkers.