- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - School officials in Cranston, Rhode Island, say more than 200 requests to observe Good Friday might force schools to close that day.

School superintendent Judith Lundsten announced Tuesday that she had warned parents that classes might be canceled. Lundsten says 194 teachers and 41 assistants had asked for the holiday off as of that afternoon.

A court order issued Friday says teachers may take the day off if they submit a request no later than April 1.

About 200 teachers filed a lawsuit March 16 after their requests to observe Good Friday were denied. Lundsten has said they were denied because Good Friday has “no required services.”

Requests to observe Jewish holidays were approved. School department spokesman Raymond Votto says 21 employees requested to observe Rosh Hashanah last fall.

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