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    Superintendent Juneau Responds to Families and The Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
    Posted on 03/14/2019

    Superintendent Juneau Responds to Families and The Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

    District staff recently received an email from The Council on American-Islamic Relations – Washington pointing out that our communication to families regarding the upcoming state testing window did not provide sufficient support or information for families and students who observe Ramadan. I would like to apologize for that misstep. That was not our intention. In fact, we did meet with faith-based organizations and representatives this past fall to strengthen our support of our students and families and the many diverse faith practices represented in Seattle Public Schools. As a result, staff have been attentive to the start-of-school dates for next year and testing accommodations this spring.

    The Washington state-scheduled testing window overlaps with Ramadan, and we cannot adjust that schedule. However, we can and have provided accommodation recommendations to school leaders.

    We recognize an important aspect of observing Ramadan is fasting, and while we were not clear in our original communication about accommodations, we want to be clear now. We are not recommending students or families forego an important part of their faith practice.

    Our expectation is that school leaders will work in partnership with families to make accommodations that best meet the unique needs of each school community and students observing Ramadan.

    Superintendent Denise Juneau

    Our community may view the Superintendent’s public statement at the March 13, 2019 School Board Regular Meeting below.