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June 17, 2021
Dear InterCoast Students and Staff:
Approximately two hours ago, President Biden signed into law a federal holiday called “Juneteenth” which will be observed as a federal holiday on June 19 of every year, starting in 2021.
Juneteenth is considered by many to be one of the most significant anniversaries in our nation’s history, primarily because of the momentous action on that day, 165 years ago. On June 19, 1865, General Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with the message outlined in Order #3 that all slaves were to be freed. This Order further explained that slavery was not to be tolerated and that if slaves remained on the plantations, they were to be paid for their work.
“Juneteenth” joins “June” and part of the word “nineteenth” together to form this holiday name. The federal government will officially observe the holiday on June 18th for its first year this year. In the future, if the holiday falls on a Saturday, the federal government offices will close on Friday. And, if the holiday falls on a Sunday, the federal holiday will be observed on Monday. California has not yet recognized this day as a formal holiday for its state employees.
Although this holiday is currently only observed for federal employees, InterCoast will provide the day off this year for its students without a participation penalty. You may make up the scheduled lab day, as available. Students, please reach out to your lab scheduler as noted below, so we know if we should expect you in class tomorrow. InterCoast staff is asked to contact the HR Manager directly and immediately if special work schedules are requested.
Happy Juneteenth everyone. Let’s celebrate the achievements and freedom this holiday represents.
Dr. Geeta Brown