Rosh Hashanah and the First Day of School: JCRC Advocates for Religious Inclusion in Public Schools

One of the JCRC’s missions is to advocate for Jewish families and employees in public schools and other educational and workplace settings.

The first day of school for many Minnesota school districts in 2021 was scheduled to be Tuesday, September 7, which is also the first day of Rosh Hashanah. JCRC staff are working with school districts, parents, and the Minnesota Rabbinical Association to build and maintain inclusive environments for Jewish families, educators, and staff in Minnesota school districts. If you have questions or concerns about your school district, please email info@minndakjcrc.org.

Last updated: March 19, 2021

We thank and recognize the following school districts, which have approved a change for the 2021 school year start date:

Bloomington Public Schools: Grades 6 – 12 start Wednesday, September 8, 2021, and K – 5 starts Thursday, September 9, 2021

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District: Grades 1 – 12 start Wednesday, September 8, 2021, and Kindergarten starts Thursday, September 9, 2021

Eden Prairie Schools:  K – 12 starts Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Edina Public Schools: Grades 1 – 12 start Monday, August 30, 2021, and Kindergarten starts Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Hopkins Public Schools: Grades 1-7, 10 start Monday, August 30, 2021, and Kindergarten and grades 8, 9, 11, 12 start Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Inver Grove Heights SchoolsGrades 1-5, Grades 6 & 9 start Thursday, September 9, 2021, Grades 7-8, Grades 10-12 start Friday, September 10, 2021, and Kindergarten starts Monday, September 13, 2021

Lakeville Area Schools: Grades K – 12 start Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Minneapolis Public Schools: Grades 1 – 12 start Wednesday, September 8, 2021, and Pre-K and Kindergarten start Friday, September 10, 2021

Minnetonka Public Schools: Grades 1 – 12 start Wednesday, September 8, 2021, and Kindergarten starts Friday, September 10, 2021

North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale: Grades 1 – 12 start Monday, August 30, 2021, and Kindergarten starts Tuesday, August 31, 2021 (Pre-K still set to start on Tuesday, September 7, 2021)

Orono Public Schools: Grades 1 – 12 start Wednesday, September 8, 2021, and Kindergarten starts Thursday, September 9, 2021

Osseo Area Schools: Grades Pre-K – 12 start Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools: Grades 6 – 12 start Wednesday, September 8, 2021, and grades K – 5 start Friday, September 10, 2021

Richfield Public Schools: Grades 1 – 12 start Wednesday, September 8, 2021, and Pre-K and Kindergarten start Thursday, September 9, 2021

Robbinsdale Area Schools: Grades Pre-K – 12 start Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Rochester Public Schools: Grades 1 – 12 start Monday, August 30, 2021, and Kindergarten starts Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan: Grades K – 12 start Wednesday, September 8, 2021

St. Louis Park Public Schools: Grades 1 – 12 start Wednesday, September 8, 2021, and Kindergarten starts Thursday, September 9, 2021

St. Paul Public Schools: Grades 1 – 12 start Thursday, September 9, 2021, and Pre-K and Kindergarten start Monday, September 13, 2021

Wayzata Schools: Grades K – 12 start Wednesday, September 8, 2021

West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools: Grades K – 12 start Wednesday, September 8, 2021