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April 11, 2016

NJ Board of Education approves more than 100 religious holidays for 2016-17 year

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Muslim Eid holiday Nabil al-Jurani/AP

An Iraqi mother and her children prepare Eid cookies for the upcoming Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015.

The New Jersey Board of Education will acknowledge the observance of more than 100 religious holidays during the 2016-17 school year, following faiths ranging from Islam, Christianity, Wicca and more NJ.com reports.

By approving the list of holidays, found here, schools must allow students celebrating a holiday to be absent with special accommodations made by the school, such as the opportunity to make up tests or other assessments.

A signed parental note acknowledging the reason for the absence must be presented to the school.

For the full report and list of approved holidays, click here.