Senate File 2064 - Introduced SENATE FILE 2064 BY LOFGREN A BILL FOR An Act relating to the earliest school calendar start date. 1 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 2 TLSB 5536XS (3) 87 kh/jh
S.F. 2064 Section 1. Section 279.10, subsection 1, Code 2018, is 1 amended to read as follows: 2 1. The school year for each school district and accredited 3 nonpublic school shall begin on July 1 and the school calendar 4 shall begin no sooner than August 23 or the Monday following 5 the closing day of the annual Iowa state fair as set by the 6 state fair board established under section 173.1, whichever 7 occurs earlier, and no later than the first Monday in December. 8 The school calendar shall include not less than one hundred 9 eighty days or one thousand eighty hours of instruction during 10 the calendar year. The board of directors of a school district 11 and the authorities in charge of an accredited nonpublic school 12 shall determine the school start date for the school calendar 13 in accordance with this subsection and shall set the number 14 of days or hours of required attendance for the school year 15 as provided in section 299.1, subsection 2 , but the board of 16 directors of a school district shall hold a public hearing 17 on any proposed school calendar prior to adopting the school 18 calendar. If the board of directors of a district or the 19 authorities in charge of an accredited nonpublic school extends 20 the school calendar because inclement weather caused the school 21 district or accredited nonpublic school to temporarily close 22 during the regular school calendar, the school district or 23 accredited nonpublic school may excuse a graduating senior 24 who has met district or school requirements for graduation 25 from attendance during the extended school calendar. A school 26 corporation may begin employment of personnel for in-service 27 training and development purposes before the date to begin 28 elementary and secondary school. 29 EXPLANATION 30 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 31 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 32 This bill makes the earliest school start date August 23 or 33 the Monday following the closing day of the annual Iowa state 34 fair as set by the state fair board, whichever occurs earlier. 35 -1- LSB 5536XS (3) 87 kh/jh 1/ 1