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Connecticut school district's vote to hold classes on Veterans Day, Columbus Day ignites controversy


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 Connecticut school district's vote to hold classes on Veterans Day, Columbus Day ignites controversy


When reached for comment, a district spokesperson for Stamford Public Schools said the following:

"The Stamford Board of Education (BOE) is responsible for approving the annual District calendar, and the State of Connecticut gives local and regional boards of education the discretion to keep schools open on any federal holiday except those occurring in December and January."

"On Tuesday, January 23, the Stamford BOE approved the 2024-25 and 2025-2026 Stamford Public Schools calendars following passage of a motion to have schools remain open on Columbus Day and Veterans Day. Schools in several neighboring districts already remain open on Columbus Day and/or Veterans Day, and both holidays will continue to be acknowledged on the Stamford Public Schools calendar along with other holidays and religious observances that fall on days when school is in session. "

"The State does require schools that remain open on a federal holiday to offer a "suitable nonsectarian educational program" in observance of that holiday. Stamford Public Schools already hosts many events in recognition of our local veterans, and we look forward to continuing that tradition on Veterans’ Day in 2024 and 2025. In addition, our Teaching and Learning Department will be working to develop programming about Columbus Day that will be presented to students in recognition of that federal holiday."

I truly hope this is fake news...

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