Code No.: 601.3
Policy: 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 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 and eighty days or 1080 hours
in the school calendar. The academic school year for students shall begin no sooner than 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. The board shall hold a public hearing on any
proposed school calendar prior to adopting the school calendar.
NOTE: This policy reflects Iowa law.
Iowa Code §§ 20.9; 279.10, 280.3, 299.1 (2) (2015).
281 I.A.C. 12.1(7); 41.106.
Code No.: 601.3