School Board Policy 602 -
Organization of School Calendar and School Day

 

Adopted: september 8, 1997 
REVISED: june 11, 2001 revised: may 9, 2005  revised: december 10, 2012
revised: may 9, 2016
 

I. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to provide for a timely determination of the school calendar and school day.

II. General Statement of Policy

It is important to parents/guardians, students, employees, and the general public to have advance knowledge of the school calendar and school day to effectively plan for the school year.

III. Calendar Responsibility 

A. The school calendar shall be adopted annually by the school board in accordance with Minnesota Statute. It shall meet all provisions of Minnesota statutes pertaining to minimum number of school days, hours, and other provisions of law. The school calendar shall establish student days, workshop days for staff, allow for emergency closings and provide other information related to students, staff and parents/guardians.

B. Except for learning programs during summer and flexible learning year programs, the school district will not commence an elementary or secondary school year before Labor Day, except as provided in Section III.B.1., III.B.2., or III.B.3. Teacher workshop days may be held before Labor Day.

1. The school district may begin the school year on any day before Labor Day to accommodate a construction or remodeling project of $400,000 or more affecting a school district school facility.

2. The school district may begin the school year on any day before Labor Day if the school district has agreement under Minn. Stat. § 123A.30, § 123A.32, or § 123A.35 with a school district that qualifies under Section III.B.1.

3. The school district may begin the school year on any day before Labor Day if the school district agrees to the same schedule with a school district in an adjoining state.

C. Employee and advisory groups shall be provided an opportunity to participate in school calendar considerations through a meet and confer or other process.

IV. School Day Responsibility

A. The superintendent shall be responsible for developing a schedule for the student day, subject to review by the school board. All requirements and provisions of Minnesota Statutes and Minnesota Department of Education Rules shall be met.

B. In developing the student day schedule, the superintendent shall consider the successful implementation of the current calendar and such factors as cooperative programs, differences in time requirements at various grade levels, effective utilization of facilities, cost effectiveness, school bus schedules, and other concerns deserving of attention.

C. Proposed changes in the school day shall be subject to review and approval by the school board.

Legal References:
Minn. Stat. § 120A.40 (School Calendar)
Minn. Stat. § 120A.41 (Length of School Year; Days of Instruction)
Minn. Stat. § 120A.415 (Extended School Calendar)
Minn. Stat. § 120A.42 (Holidays)
Minn. Stat. § 122A.40, Subds. 7 and 7a (Employment, Contracts; Termination)
Minn. Stat. § 122A.41, Subds, 4 and 4a (Teacher Tenure Act; Cities of the First Class, Definitions)
Minn. Stat. § 123A.30 (Agreements for Secondary Education)
Minn. Stat. § 123A.32 (Interdistrict Cooperation)
Minn. Stat. § 123A.35 (Cooperation and Combination)
Minn. Stat. § 124D.11, Subd. 9 (Revenue for Results-Oriented Charter School)
Minn. Stat. § 127A.41, Subd. 7 (Distribution of School Aids; Appropriation)

Cross References:
WBLASB Policy 425 (Staff Development)