The days listed are qualified for grants and are marked as "G" days in the Register of Daily Attendance. This list is not completely inclusive. It is based on information recorded on the Multifaith Calendar. If a request is made for an observance or faith not listed, please contact Operations Services, 519-452-2000, ext. 20071, who will follow established procedures to determine if this is a grant day.
This procedure lists only observances that fall on school days and which require suspension of work or study.
Principals are requested to be certain that no student, who is entitled to observe these religious festivals and is absent from school for that reason, is penalized in any way, e.g. tests, awards, etc.
It is important to note that often a religious festival requires the observing person to refrain from work of any kind. As a consequence she/he may not only be absent from school but may be prevented from participating in an evening performance or activity as well. School shows or concerts might be scheduled outside the days noted where possible and when known students would be affected.
Many religions begin holy days at sunrise or sunset and therefore may bridge over two calendar days upon occasion.
Please note that there may be some First Nations students who follow the Iroquoian Longhouse Ceremonies and who attend our schools. Such students may or may not live in First nation communities. Where such students are required by parental request to be out of school beyond 3 days to observe a ceremony the parents should request same in writing under the conditions in O. Reg 262 s 21(2).
The schedule of Religious Holidays is available in PDF format below. Our Board's policy on religious observances is here.
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