(c) Commemorative holidays, which recognize specified patriotic, civic,
cultural or historical persons, activities, or events, are regular school
holidays are: January 28 (to be known as Christa McAuliffe Day and
observed as a commemoration of space exploration), February 15 (the
birthday of Susan B. Anthony), March 29 (Viet Nam War Veterans' Day),
September 11 (September 11th Day of Remembrance), the school day
immediately preceding Veterans' Day (Korean War Veterans'
Day), October 1 (Recycling Day), October 7 (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Remembrance Day), December 7 (Pearl Harbor Veterans' Day), and
any day so appointed by the President or
Governor. School boards may establish commemorative holidays whenever in
their judgment such action is advisable.
School boards shall include instruction relative to commemorated persons,
events on the commemorative holiday or at any other time during the school
year and at any point in the curriculum when such instruction may be deemed
appropriate. The State Board of Education shall prepare and make available
to school boards instructional materials relative to commemorated persons,
or events which may be used by school boards in conjunction with any
instruction provided pursuant to this paragraph.
(d) City of Chicago School District 299 shall observe March 4 of each year as
a commemorative holiday. This holiday shall be known as Mayors' Day which
shall be a day to commemorate and be reminded of the past Chief Executive
Officers of the City of Chicago, and in particular the late Mayor Richard
J. Daley and the late Mayor Harold Washington. If March 4 falls on a
Saturday or Sunday, Mayors' Day shall be observed on the following Monday.
(Source: P.A. 98-156, eff. 8-2-13.)