Code IC Issued 10/06
Purpose: To establish the basic structure for the length of the school year.
The school year will consist of 190 days. The district will use 180 days for student instruction.
The district will use no more than two of the ten remaining days for preparation for opening of school. The district must use three days for professional development based on the state academic achievement standards. The remaining five days may be used for teacher preparation and planning, academic plans and parent conferences.
The district will not begin classes for students prior to the third Monday in August. This does not apply to schools operating on a year-round modified school calendar. The district may request a waiver from this requirement under certain conditions outlined in law.
The superintendent, in consultation with the staff, will prepare the school calendar. The calendar will set forth starting dates; ending dates; days of attendance for students; days of inservice and organizational meetings for teachers; holidays and vacation periods; days of reports to parents; and other schedules of importance to the staff and public. The superintendent will present the proposed calendar to the board for approval in the spring of each year.
The district will make up all days lost due to snow, extreme weather conditions or other disruptions. The board will designate at least three days within the school calendar as make-up days on the superintendent's recommendation. If those days have been used or are no longer available, the board may lengthen the school day by no longer than one hour per day for the total number of hours missed with the prior approval of the state department of education or operate schools on Saturday. However, if the board authorizes make-up days on Saturday, tutorial instruction normally offered on Saturday for students in grades seven through twelve must be scheduled at an alternative time.
A. S.C. Code, 1976, as amended:
1. Section 59-19-90(12) - General powers and duties of board; establish an annual calendar.
2. Section 59-1-370 - Closing of educational institutions on general election day.
3. Section 59-1-425 - School terms, school days, make-up days.