601 - School Calendar

The school calendar will accommodate the education program of the District.  The school calendar is for a minimum of one hundred eighty (180) days and include, but 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 one hundred eighty (180) days or one thousand eighty (1080) hours in the school calendar.  The academic school year for students may not begin prior to September but may begin in the week in which September 1 falls unless a waiver is obtained from the Iowa Department of Education.  Should September 1 fall on a Sunday, school may begin any day during the calendar week which immediately precedes September 1.  Employees may be required to report to work at the school district prior to this date.

The Board may define the number of days Kindergarten will be held and the length of each school day for students attending Kindergarten.  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 (5) days of instruction after the 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 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 District's education program.



REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019