628 – School Calendar

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 District’s academic calendar shall accommodate the educational program of the District.

The school academic year for students may vary from building to building, as long as the school academic year is for a minimum of 180 days or 1080 hours. Seniors may be dismissed up to five days, or 30 hours, early. The Board may also excuse graduating seniors from making up days missed due to inclement weather if the student has met the District’s graduation requirements.

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 school academic year for students shall begin no earlier each year than August 23rd for traditional calendar schools.  The “year-round” calendar will be established by the Board of Directors.

The Board shall hold a public hearing prior to adoption or amendment of the school calendar.


Date of Revision: September 23, 2019

Legal References: 256.11, 257.17, 279.8, 279.10, 279.11, 280.3, 299.1, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 12.1


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