601 School Calendar and Day


601.1 School Calendar

Code No. 601.1


School Calendar

The District's school calendar shall accommodate the educational program of the District.  The calendar shall be for a minimum of 200 days and shall include, but need not be limited to, the days for student instruction, staff development and in service, and time for family-teacher conferences.

The academic school year for students shall be for a minimum of 180 days or 1080 hours in the school calendar.  Students requiring special education may attend school on a school calendar different from that of the regular education program consistent with their individualized education plans.  The academic school year for students shall begin no earlier each year than August 23.

The Board of Directors, 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 of Directors 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.  

The superintendent shall have the responsibility for developing a school calendar to be recommended to the Board of Directors for approval and adoption.  The Board of Directors shall have the prerogative to amend the school calendar when the Board considers it to be in the best interests of the District.  The board shall hold a public hearing on any proposed school calendar prior to adopting the school calendar.


Date of Review:  April 9, 2018

Date of Revision:

April 9, 2018




Legal References:


256.11, 279.8, 279.10, 279.11, 280.3, 299.1, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.1                                                 



601.2 School Day

Code No. 601.2



For a 180 day calendar the student school day for grades kindergarten through twelve shall consist of a minimum of six hours, not including the lunch period.  The school day consists of the schedule of class instruction and class activities as established and sponsored by the District.  Schedule modifications will be made by the superintendent.  For a 180 day calendar, time during which students are released from school for family/teacher conferences shall be counted as part of the student's instructional time.  The minimum school day shall meet the requirements as established for the operation of accredited schools, and shall consist of a schedule as recommended by the superintendent and approved by the Board.  Schedule revisions and changes in time allotments will be made by the superintendent.

When school is forced to close due to weather or other emergencies, that part of the day during which school was in session will constitute a school day.  For a 180 day calendar year, the District may also record a day of school with less than the minimum instructional hours if the total hours of instructional time for all grades one through twelve in any five consecutive school days equals a minimum of thirty hours, even though any one day of school is less than the minimum instructional hours because of a staff development opportunity provided for the instructional staff, or as otherwise permitted by law.  If the total hours of instructional time for the first four consecutive days equal at least thirty hours because parent-teacher conferences have been scheduled beyond the regular school day, the school District may record zero hours of instructional time on the fifth consecutive school day as a school day.


Date of Review:  April 9, 2018


Date of Revision:

September 15, 2014


Legal References:


256.7(19), 256.11, 279.8, 279.10, 279.11, 299.1, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.1