Cliffside Park schools this year will be the first in Bergen County to close for a Muslim holiday — a reflection of demographic shifts that are forcing North Jersey educators to rethink the school calendar.

The district joins a handful statewide — including Paterson and Prospect Park — that now close for some Islamic celebrations.

“School calendars reflect their communities and they are not just Judeo-Christian anymore,” said Rich Vespucci of the state Department of Education. “In a state like New Jersey, which is a gateway into the United States, it’s not unusual to see changes in the calendar.”


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