Cultural Dates of Significance

  • ASD serves a diverse population and takes pride in our sensitivity to the various cultures that live in our community. As a public school system we are required by the U.S. Constitution to maintain religious neutrality. We should neither encourage nor discourage religious activity. 


    The following guidelines and resources are an attempt to more clearly articulate current policy and offer assistance to ASD employees in determining the appropriateness of school activities as they relate to important events and activities around religious holidays and cultural dates of significance.

Dates on which activities* cannot be scheduled

  • In order to maximize student involvement in school activities and to accommodate the needs of students and families, no after-school activity shall be scheduled or hosted by the district on the dates listed below.

     

    *Activities include but are not limited to:

    • sports team competitions
    • school open houses
    • academic competitions
    • dances
    • student performances
    • retreats
    • student government conferences.

     

    This prohibition does not include regular practices or regular club meetings.

     

    The following are days on which activities shall not be scheduled. The board may add or subtract from this list at a single board meeting as long as the action is on the agenda and properly noticed in advance. [Anchorage School Board policy 350.2]

  • U.S. Holidays Observance 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25
      Thanksgiving Day 11/25/21 11/24/22 11/23/23 11/28/24
      New Year's Day 01/01/22 01/01/23 01/01/24 01/01/25

     

    Religion

    Observance

    2021-22

    2022-23

    2023-24

    2024-25

    Christianity

    Christmas

    12/25/21

    12/25/22

    12/25/23

    12/25/24

     

    Good Friday

    04/15/22

    04/07/23

    03/29/24

    04/18/25

     

    Easter

    04/17/22

    04/09/23

    03/31/24

    04/20/25

    Christianity/Orthodox

    Christmas

    01/07/22

    01/07/23

    01/07/24

    01/07/25

     

    Easter/Pascha

    04/24/22

    04/16/23

    05/05/24

    04/20/25

    Islam

    Eid al Fitr (Breaking of Fast)

    5/2*-5/3/22

    4/21*-4/22/23

    4/9*-4/10/24

    3/30*-3/31/25

     

     

    Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)

     

    7/19*-7/20/21

    7/9*-7/10/22 &

    6/28*-6/29/23

     

    6/16*-6/17/24

     

    6/6*-6/7/25

    Judaism

    Rosh Hashana (New Year)

    9/6*-9/8/21

    9/25*-9/27/22

    9/15*-9/17/23

    10/2*-10/4/24

     

    Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

    9/15*-9/16/21

    10/4*-10/5/22

    9/24*-9/25/23

    10/11*-10/12/24

     

    Pesach (Passover)

    4/15*-4/17/22

    4/5*-4/7/23

    4/22*-4/24/24

    4/12*-4/14/25

     

    * Begins at sundown