Posted on April 28, 2022
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April 28, 2022

Dear School District of Philadelphia Families,

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022, all School District of Philadelphia schools and offices will be closed in recognition of Eid al-Fitr. The religious holiday is celebrated by Muslims worldwide because it marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan. You can learn more here.

The exact day of Eid al-Fitr can change each year. When developing the 2021-2022 academic calendar, May 3rd was selected in consultation with local Muslim community leaders and based on lunar information available at the time. As the lunar cycle evolves in the coming days, we realize that our Muslim students and families may honor the close of Ramadan on Monday, May 2nd. In that instance, the District has put the following supports in place:

  • Absences – Monday will be an excused religious absence for Muslim students honoring Eid al-Fitr on that day.
  • Make-Up AP Exams – we have contacted the College Board to schedule make-up dates for any Muslim student who is unable to take the AP exam on May 2nd. Make-up dates will be shared by your school once confirmed.
  • Make-Up PSSA Exams – any Muslim student who is unable to take a PSSA exam on May 2nd will be able to take the exam at another time during the testing window.

Our School District remains committed to becoming a more equitable and inclusive organization that thoughtfully respects everyone’s religious and cultural needs as we help all students succeed academically and prepare for a bright future. If you have any questions or concerns, you can email our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at


William R. Hite Jr., Ed.D.
The School District of Philadelphia