Bedford Public Schools: Religious and Cultural Holidays Policy

A message from BEDFORD SCHOOLS DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT

Dear Families,

Last spring, after a year of deliberations, our interfaith Religious and Cultural Holidays Task Force recommended to the Bedford School Committee that it adopt a policy to govern how such holidays are addressed in our schools.  The committee included parents, students, teachers, clergy and was quite broad in its range of religious faiths and secular beliefs.  Many of you responded to our extensive survey, which was filled out by over 1100 parents, students and staff, and which demonstrated significant majority support for the task force's recommendations.  The survey also revealed disagreements, however, and in order to be sensitive to all perspectives we will review the policy after two years. 

 

The new guidelines and policy (adopted by the school committee on May 9) is attached [HERE].  

[HERE IS THE 2017-2018 adopted school calendar.]

 

Best Wishes,

Jon Sills, Superintendent, Bedford Pubic Schools