An employee must be in pay status* the full day before and the full day after a holiday in order to receive holiday pay.
*Time in pay status includes the following:
Compensatory time for the holiday closedown:
Since we know the vacation earning time is shortened considerably when someone is hired in the fall, you as a new employee have the option of discussing with your supervisor the potential to earn some compensatory (comp) hours prior to closedown. Your supervisor must approve earning comp hours.
A few suggestions to discuss with your supervisor: