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New London adds two Muslim holidays to school calendar

Published March 17. 2014 4:00PM   Updated March 17. 2014 9:58PM

New London — The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Monday said it welcomes the inclusion of two Muslim holidays on the New London Public Schools calendar for the next school year.

The Board of Education added Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha to its list of recognized religious holidays, which already included Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah and Passover, among others.

"We welcome the inclusion of Islamic holidays in the school calendar because it will serve to enhance the learning environment for Muslim students," CAIR-CT Executive Director Mongi Dhaouadi, who is also a New London Public Schools parent, said in a statement.

Though school will still be held on those days, teachers are asked to be mindful of the religious holidays and to refrain from scheduling tests or major activities on these dates. Students who observe the religious holidays will be excused from classes.

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