City schools will be closed for an Islamic holiday for the first time in district history when Eid ul-Fitr is celebrated Thursday, Oct. 2.
Eid ul-Fitr is the Islamic holy day marking the end of Ramadan, a currently continuing period of sunrise-to-sunset fasting and religious observance representing the holiest month of the Islamic calendar. The school board voted to include the off day on the 2008-09 district calendar during an April meeting.
"We believe in celebrating the diversity of our students, staff, parents and community, and we are excited to embrace this holiday," said district information officer Eric Jones. "I think it's a testament to what the Plainfield Public Schools is all about — we believe in celebrating who we are." (MORE)