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Baltimore County's 'common sense' school calendar

Baltimore County's 'common sense' school calendar

Rosh Hashanah, the first of the Jewish High Holy Days, wasn’t a day off from school in Allegany County this year. Students in Calvert and Caroline counties attended classes on Sept. 21, too. So did teachers in most every other jurisdiction in Maryland except for Baltimore County and a handful of others where there are so many Jewish students and teachers it was long ago deemed too impractical and costly to open schools on Rosh Hashanah.

The same generally applies to Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism. For much of Maryland, the day isn’t a school holiday, but for some school systems, it’s been observed not because administrators or...