Students of Edison, with a large South Asian population, could get a holiday on Diwali from next year thanks to the burgeoning number of Indian students in this New Jersey township.
The Edison education department is actively considering adding the Indian festival of lights to the school calendar's list of holidays, said the Home News Tribune. The Chinese New Year is also being considered due to increase in the number of Chinese students in local schools.
Although there is no specific data available, around 41 per cent of the school students are Asians, according to the township public school website.
The proposal to add the new holidays to the school calendar was presented by parents and several associations during a meeting held in April by the human relations committee of the board of education.
"Right now we are in the preliminary stage of looking at and trying to plan next year's calendar," said Superintendent of Schools Carol A Toth.
"The process of establishing the calendar must be done according to state regulations. This year the state requires school districts to plan for 184 days of school. The proposal just came from the committee, and it is a long process before it is presented to the board," she added.