601.01 – School Calendar

The school calendar will accommodate the education program of the school district.  The school calendar is for a minimum of 180 days or 1080 hours and includes, but is not be limited to, the days for student instruction, staff development, in-service days, and teacher conferences.

The academic school year for students is for a minimum of 180 days or 1080 hours in the school calendar.  The academic school year for students may not begin prior to August 23 Employees may be required to report to work at the school district prior to this date.

Special education students may attend school on a school calendar different from that of the regular education program consistent with their Individualized Education Program.

The Board, in its discretion, may excuse graduating seniors from up to five days or 30 hours of instruction after the school district requirements for graduation have been met.  The Board may also excuse graduating seniors from making up days missed due to inclement weather if the student has met the school district’s graduation requirements.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop the school calendar for recommendation, approval, and adoption by the Board annually.

The Board may amend the official school calendar when the Board considers the change to be in the best interests of the school district’s education program.

NOTE:  This policy reflects Iowa law. Should Boards want to excuse graduating seniors from school early or from making up snow or other inclement weather days, that policy statement must be in Board policy.  It is in paragraph 4 above.

Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 20.9, 279.10, 280.3, 299.1 (2) (2015).; 281 I.A.C. 12.1(7); 41.106

Cross Reference: 501.3 Compulsory Attendance; 601.2 School Day; 603.3 Special Education         

Date of Adoption: July 1, 1985

Reviewed & RevisedSeptember 3, 1991; January 9, 1995; April 19, 2004; January 19, 2009; March 21, 2016; June 17, 2019