A concerned Bloomfield reader sent us an email about Bloomfield having their first day of school on the September 9, the first day of Rosh Hashanah:
A small group of upset parents are working their way through the standard channels – superindendint, principal, etc.- but it would be helpful for you to publicize this issue. As noted in your April piece, none of the neighboring towns are starting school on the second day of Rosh Hashana; it is an outrage that Bloomfield is starting on the first day.
Barista Kids checked the district’s website calendar and found that the first day of school is listed as September 8. The confusion is due to some of the school websites listing the 9th and some listing the 8th as the first day. So which day do Bloomfield kids start?
A call to the Superintendent’s office cleared it up. The official first day of school in Bloomfield is Wednesday, September 8–the day before Rosh Hashanah. However, while it may make Jewish families happier not having the first day on the high holiday, the district will not close for Rosh Hashanah.
Said one Bloomfield parent, “Rosh Hashanah starts at sundown on the 8th, so while I can send her to school on the 8th, it is unfortunate that she may miss at least one, if not two, days of school because of the holiday and Bloomfield’s school calendar.”
It’s not the first time Baristaville schools have dealt with upset parents about the 2010-2011 school calendar. Montclair originally had September 10 as the first day of school, which upset Jewish families. The district decided to revise the calendar to have the first day start after the holiday. Kids in Montclair will now start on September 13, the latest in Baristaville.
How are other Baristaville schools handling the start date and the Jewish holiday?
Here are the calendar details:
Bloomfield – September 8 (Schools open for Rosh Hashanah)
Glen Ridge – September 7 (schools closed 9/9 for Rosh Hashanah.)
Maplewood and South Orange – September 7 for grades K-7/9 / September 8 for grades 8/10-12 (schools closed 9/9 and 9/10 for Rosh Hashanah)
Millburn – September 7 (schools closed 9/9 and 9/10 for Rosh Hashanah.)
Montclair – September 13
Verona – September 7 (schools closed 9/9 for Rosh Hashanah.)
West Orange – September 7 (schools closed 9/9 and 9/10 for Rosh Hashanah.)