LEGISLATION SUMMARY FOR LEAS
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, Sectio n 7A.11.
School Calendars must meet the following requirements:
- 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.
- There are no educational purpose waivers for exemption of the opening and/or closing dates.
- 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).
- Covers at least nine calendar months.
- Must have a minimum of 185 days OR 1,025 hours of instruction.
- Must have at least ten (10) teacher workdays. Note: In years when Christmas is on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, nine (9) days shall be designated as teacher workdays.
- 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.
- Have a minimum of ten (10) annual vacation leave days.
- 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.
- School shall not be held on Sunday.
- Veterans Day shall be a holiday for all public school personnel and for all students enrolled in the public schools.
Note: Charter schools must meet the requirements of 185 days or 1,025 hours of instruction.
CALENDAR RESOURCES FOR LEAS
- Make-up Days FAQ
(pdf, 15kb) UPDATED 7/11/11
- LEAs with Calendar Waivers (Weather) 2015-16
(pdf, 16kb) POSTED 1/27/15
- LEAs with Calendar Waivers (Weather) 2014-15
(pdf, 16kb) UPDATED 6/30/14
- History - LEAs eligible for a Calendar Waiver
(pdf, 98kb) UPDATED 2/26/15
- Use of Workdays Table
(pdf, 40kb) UPDATED 1/27/15
- Attorney General's Ruling on School Calendar
- History of the School Calendar
(pdf, 64kb) UPDATED 8/31/12
- History Grid
(pdf, 16kb) UPDATED 1/27/15
- History Grid
- Traditional: A school has one track in operation for at least 185 days, with a long summer break (approximately 10 weeks.)
- Year Round: A school that remains in session for the entire calendar year. (School calendar covers at least 11 months)
- 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.
Note: LEAs and charter schools are responsible for entering a calendar type for each school in EDDIE.