Some New Jersey schools will delay the start of the school year so students can observe Rosh Hashanah, which begins on the evening of Sept. 4. Many schools open that day.
At least 31 districts in Bergen County and four in Passaic County will reopen almost a week later, on Sept. 9. Eleven other districts will begin classes on Friday, Sept. 6, the second day of Rosh Hashanah.
The state Education Department allows absences for almost 130 holidays in the 2013-2014 school year, almost triple the number that was accepted in the 1990s.