Cranston teachers can put in for Good Friday off

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — After a court order, Cranston teachers will be allowed to request Good Friday off – despite objections from the city’s school department.

A court order issued Friday says teachers may take the day off as long as they submit a request no later than Wednesday, April 1, according to the Providence Journal. The order says the school department can neither discipline teachers for requesting the day off nor deduct their pay.

About 200 teachers contacted their union, the Cranston Teachers’ Alliance, earlier this month to report that they were being prevented from observing Good Friday. They filed a lawsuit March 16.

Attorney Kevin Daley says the order temporarily allows the teachers to observe Good Friday. He says a full hearing will determine whether the teachers can observe the holiday going forward.

The teachers had argued they should be allowed to take Good Friday, after other teachers were granted days off for Rosh Hashanah.

Both The Associated Press and WPRI 12 have requested comments on the decision from school superintendent Judith Lundsten; we have yet to hear back as of Monday afternoon.

The union claimed the teachers’ and other school employees’ collective bargaining agreements allows them to take up to two days of religious leave per school year.

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