York Region is rich in culture and diverse in religious beliefs and practices based on faith.
The dates listed below are some faith holidays of particular significance to members of the major faith communities in our Board. We are committed to affirm and value equally the faith diversity in our schools, therefore, events such as field trips, school concerts, conferences, meetings, workshops, other professional events, co-curricular activities, and exams/tests will not be scheduled on these dates:
|Baha’i||RIDVAN||April 21, 2014|
|Buddhist||LUNAR NEW YEAR||January 31, 2014|
|Christian||CHRISTMAS||December 25, 2013|
|(Eastern)||CHRISTMAS||January 7, 2014|
|(Western)||GOOD FRIDAY||April 18, 2014|
|HOLY FRIDAY||April 18, 2014|
|Hindu||DIWALI||November 3, 2013|
|Jewish||ROSH HASHANAH**||September 5 – 6, 2013|
|YOM KIPPUR**||September 14, 2013|
|PASSOVER/PESAH**||April 15, 2014|
|Muslim||EID-UL-FITR*||August 8, 2013|
|EID-UL-ADHA*||October 15, 2013|
|Sikh||VAISAKHI||April 14, 2013|
* Tentative dates subject to the sighting of the moon each month.
** All Jewish Holy Days commence on the preceding evening at sunset.
Exceptions are sometimes made in the case of extended field trips. These exceptions are made with Superintendent approval and take into consideration the impact to students participating, the availability of learning opportunities and their educational value.
Please note that in addition to the above listed dates, YRDSB will take reasonable steps to accommodate students and staff members of a faith group for whom the Board’s and the school’s operations or requirements create undue hardship and interfere with their ability to exercise their religious beliefs and practices.
These dates may include, but are not limited to the following:
|Baha’i||RIDVAN (the 9th and 12th day)||April 29, May 2, 2014|
|Buddhism||WESAK||May 25, 2013|
|Christian (Western)||ALL SAINTS’ DAY||November 1, 2013|
|ASH WEDNESDAY||March 5, 2014|
|Hindu||HOLI||March 17, 2014|
|Jewish||PASSOVER||April 15 - 22, 2014|
|SUKKOT||September 19 - 25, 2013|
|SHAVUOT||May 15 – 16, 2013|
|Muslim||ASHURA*||November 13, 2013|
|RAMADAN*||July 10 – August 8, 2013|
|Sikh||BIRTHDAY OF GURU NANAK DEV JI||November 17, 2013|
|BIRTHDAY OF GURU GOBIND SINGH||January 5, 2014|
|Zoroastrianism||NAW RUZ (New Year’s Day)||March 21, 2014|
This list does not represent all observances practicied by YRDSB diverse-faith community.
Please refer to the “Accommodation of Religious Requirements, Practices and Observances: A Guideline”, for additional information, for religious accommodation at YRDSB.
The Board also advocates the recognition of “Days of Significance” as outlined in the Holidays and Observances Calendar, throughout the school year and recommends that individual schools, in consultation with their School Councils, develop appropriate ways of celebrating such significant days in keeping with inclusive curriculum.
For additional information please contact your school’s Principal or Superintendent.