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No Jewish Child Left Behind

No Jewish Child Left Behind

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 Dear Friends,

Two years ago, a campaign was launched in Cobb County called "NO JEWISH CHILD LEFT BEHIND". The goal of the campaign is to educate the local principals, teachers and parents about the county's policies for the Jewish holidays. We want to ensure that every Jewish child is able to celebrate the holidays with the Jewish community and not be left behind in school.

Whether children remain in school or celebrate the High Holidays is probably one of the most fateful decisions and critical factors in forming their Jewish identity. The message it sends the children about priorities regardng Judaism cannot be overstated.  

In a meeting with members of the Cobb County School system, the superintendent, Mr. Chris Ragsdale, confirmed the county's commitment to its policy regarding students being absent on religious holidays.

 

This is the policy on excused absences: 

In accordance with State Board of Education Rule 160-5-1-.10 and O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690.1 the following are considered excused absences:

3. Observing religious holidays, necessitating absence from school.

 

The Superintendent also explained that teachers are encouraged to keep in mind the dates of these holidays when scheduling tests and assignments. The local principals are reminded of this by the School System as well as by our committee.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please bring them to our attention, or you can email the school superintendent Chris.Ragsdale@cobbk12.org

 

Below is a note that you can send to your children's teachers: 

Please be advised that this year, the Jewish High Holiday of Rosh Hashana is on Thursday, September 21 and Friday, September 22, 2017. Below is the county's policy for religious holidays:   

In accordance with State Board of Education Rule 160-5-1-.10 and O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690.1 the following are considered excused absences:

3. Observing religious holidays, necessitating absence from school.

 

In a meeting, the school superintendent explained that teachers are encouraged to keep in mind the dates of these holidays when scheduling tests and assignments.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email Rabbi Ephraim Silverman at  Rabbi@chabadofcobb.com.

 

 

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