School Calendar Legislation

Requirements and Guidance on School Calendar - SL 2020-3 (SB704) Updated May 20, 2020

Report on School Start and End Dates 2019-2020

Effective July 1, 2013

2012 Senate Bill 187 (Session Law 2012-145), applies beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, rewrites a portion of the calendar law (General Statute 115C-84.2). Legislation: Session Law 2012-145, Senate Bill 187, Section 7A.11.

Note: Charter schools must meet the requirements of 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction.

Requirements for LEAs

Requirements for LEAs

School Calendars must meet the following requirements:

  1. Start date no earlier than the Monday closest to August 26 and end date no later than the Friday closest to June 11 (unless a weather related calendar waiver has been approved, year-round school, charter school or cooperative innovative high school.) If waiver is approved the start date can be no earlier than the Monday closest to August 19.
  2. There are no educational purpose waivers for exemption of the opening and/or closing dates.
  3. All schools within the district must be closed all day for purposes of determining eligibility for a weather related waiver (delayed starts or early dismissals of two or more hours no longer apply).
  4. Covers at least nine calendar months.
  5. Must have a minimum of 185 days OR 1,025 hours of instruction.
  6. Must have at least nine (9) teacher workdays.
  7. Local Boards shall designate two (2) workdays on which teachers may take accumulated vacation leave. Local Boards may designate the remaining workdays as days teachers may take accumulated vacation leave.
  8. Have a minimum of ten (10) annual vacation leave days.
  9. Have the same or an equivalent number of legal holidays occurring within the school calendar as those designated by the State Personnel Commission for State employees.
  10. School shall not be held on Sunday.
  11. Veterans Day shall be a holiday for all public school personnel and for all students enrolled in the public schools.
Calendar Resources for LEAS Calendar Types

Calendar Types

Traditional: A school that has one track, in operation for at least 185 days, with a long summer break (approximately 10 weeks.)

Year Round: A school with a single or multi-track instructional calendar that provides instructional days throughout the entire school calendar year, beginning July 1 and ending June 30, by utilizing at least one of the following plans:

  1. A plan dividing students into four groups and requiring each group to be in school for assigned and staggered quarters each school calendar year.
  2. A plan providing students be scheduled to attend 45 instructional days followed by 15 days of vacation, repeated throughout the school calendar year.
  3. A plan dividing the school calendar year into five nine-week sessions of classes and requiring each student to attend four assigned and staggered sessions out of the five nine-week sessions to complete the student's instructional year.

Modified Year Round: A school has only one track in operation for at least 185 days, with longer Fall & Spring breaks (approximately 2 weeks each) and a short Summer break (approximately 6-7 weeks.)
Note: At this time, a school may not open with or convert to a modified calendar. Pre-existing modified calendar schools from 2003-04 are exempt. Legislation states that the "the required opening and closing dates shall not apply to any school that a local board designated as having a modified calendar for the 2003-04 school year or to any school that was part of a planned program in the 2003-04 school year for a system of modified calendar schools, so long as the school operates under a modified calendar."

Traditional and Year Round Combination: A school that offers two or more calendar types.

All schools (charters, lab, regional, ISD, etc.) and LEAs are responsible for entering a calendar type for each school in EDDIE.