eid holiday status in new jersey

Currently, all Muslim students attending any New Jersey public school can receive an excused absence using a note from a religious leader or masjid to observe Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Unfortunately, some students and families have faced challenges making the excused absence process difficult. Muslim students deserve to observe their sacred holidays without push back.

School districts that have a significant number of Muslims should close for the top Muslim holidays, which for recent years has only landed once outside of summer and would only be two days in the academic year for the future.

CAIR New Jersey’s Eid holiday map shows the current status of Eid al-Fitr in New Jersey public schools by municipality. They are listed by county for your convenience.  New versions of this map will be continually updated. Eid al-Adha has fallen during summer break for some time. It will begin re-entering the school year for some districts starting in 2024.  If a school district is missing from the map, please email our Operations Coordinator, Dyaa Terpstra via email at dterpstra[at]cair.com

how can i make a change?

CAIR New Jersey urges Muslim high schoolers to join its Muslim Youth Ambassador Program where students will be trained to be leaders within their communities. The training allows students to have real experience in addressing issues pertaining to public school accommodations like advocating for the Eid holiday.

InshaAllah, together we can paint this map green!

social media toolkit

Here is a social media toolkit to share information about #EidinNJ and the #RecognizeEidHolidayInSchools campaign.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to CAIR-NJ to discuss your advocacy strategy.

open letter to boards of education - 2/3/2023

More and more New Jersey public schools are recognizing Eid as a holiday and closing schools, providing Muslim students with a long overdue accommodation. In doing so, schools have the opportunity to inspire conversations among students and staff and play a crucial role in dispelling anti-Muslim bigotry.

As the New Jersey chapter of the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, we join students and parents throughout the state in calling upon local school districts to adopt Eid as a day off in the academic calendar.

This open letter has been sent to boards of education in local municipalities throughout the state.

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