Bloomington middle school offers ‘reflection’ time for Ramadan
Students at Valley View Middle School in the Bloomington school district can leave class for “reflection” time during Ramadan, according to school communication.
Parents were sent an online form to fill out that asked whether or not their student has permission to leave class daily from 1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. for reflection during the month of Ramadan (this year it is from April 2-May 1).
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed annually by Muslims through fasting, praying, and reflections.
A parent shared with American Experiment that no school communication offering students similar reflection time in observation of Lent, Passover, or Easter has been sent out. These are annual holidays observed by Christians, Jews, and Catholics and also include praying, fasting, and reflecting.
UPDATE: Another parent shared that they reached out to both the school principal and district asking if the school was going to provide reflection time for the other religious holidays listed above and received no reply.