Rosh Hashanah May Delay Start of NY School Year


school-desksSchool may start a little later next year. New York City The Education Department is negotiating with the teachers union to change the first day of school to Monday, Sept. 13, officials told the NY Ddaily News.

Students are now scheduled to start on Wednesday, Sept. 8, two days after Labor Day. But because of Rosh Hashanah, the second day of school wouldn’t be until the next Monday.

Panel for Educational Policy member Patrick Sullivan had considered proposing the change after receiving hundreds of e-mails supporting it.

“Parents and teachers are expecting the absentee rate to be so high on that day, it doesn’t make any sense to start until the following Monday,” he said.

Teachers must be at school on Tuesday, Sept. 7, to help set up before the students arrive. “If they want to do it, they don’t need our permission,” said teachers union President Michael Mulgrew.

An education spokeswoman confirmed the talks.

“We hope to have a resolution soon, and, when we do, we’ll communicate it to parents,” Ann Forte said.

 {NY Daily News/Noam Newscenter}


  1. Maybe public schools but here we need to teach the children about rosh hashana. most jewish schools are starting at the end of August or beginning of september. Have a great summer and a great Year