House File 534 - Reprinted HOUSE FILE 534 BY COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION (SUCCESSOR TO HF 144) (As Amended and Passed by the House March 22, 2011 ) A BILL FOR An Act relating to school instructional hours and school 1 instructional days and including effective date provisions. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 HF 534 (7) 84 kh/nh/mb
H.F. 534 Section 1. Section 256.7, subsection 19, Code 2011, is 1 amended to read as follows: 2 19. Define the minimum school day as a day consisting 3 of five and one-half hours of instructional time for grades 4 one through twelve. The minimum hours as time spent with a 5 licensed teacher that shall be exclusive of the lunch period 6 and parent-teacher conferences , but may include passing time 7 between classes. Time spent on parent-teacher conferences 8 shall be considered instructional time. A school or school 9 district may record a day of school with less than the minimum 10 instructional hours as a minimum school day if any of the 11 following apply: 12 a. If emergency health or safety factors require the late 13 arrival or early dismissal of students on a specific day. 14 b. If the total hours of instructional school time for 15 grades one through twelve for any five consecutive school days 16 equal a minimum of twenty-seven and one-half hours, even though 17 any one day of school is less than the minimum instructional 18 hours because of a staff development opportunity provided for 19 the professional instructional staff or because parent-teacher 20 conferences have been scheduled beyond the regular school day. 21 Furthermore, if the total hours of instructional time for the 22 first four consecutive days equal at least twenty-seven and 23 one-half hours because parent-teacher conferences have been 24 scheduled beyond the regular school day, a school or school 25 district may record zero hours of instructional time on the 26 fifth consecutive school day as a minimum school day. 27 Sec. 2. Section 256F.4, subsection 5, Code 2011, is amended 28 to read as follows: 29 5. A charter school or innovation zone school shall provide 30 instruction for at least the number of days hours required by 31 section 279.10, subsection 1 , or shall provide at least the 32 equivalent number of total hours . 33 Sec. 3. Section 279.10, subsection 1, Code 2011, is amended 34 to read as follows: 35 -1- HF 534 (7) 84 kh/nh/mb 1/ 3
H.F. 534 1. The school year for each school district and accredited 1 nonpublic school shall begin on the first day of July 1 and 2 each regularly established elementary and secondary school 3 shall begin no sooner than a day during the calendar week 4 in which the first day of September falls but no later than 5 the first Monday in December. However, if the first day of 6 September falls on a Sunday, school may begin on a day during 7 the calendar week which immediately precedes the first day of 8 September. School shall continue for at least one hundred 9 eighty days, except as provided in subsection 3 , and may be 10 maintained The school calendar shall include not less than one 11 thousand eighty hours of instruction during the entire calendar 12 year. However, if The board of directors of a school district 13 and the authorities in charge of an accredited nonpublic 14 school shall set the number of days of required attendance 15 for the school year as provided in section 299.1, subsection 16 2, but the board of directors of a school district shall 17 hold a public hearing on any proposed school calendar prior 18 to adopting the school calendar. If the board of directors 19 of a district or the authorities in charge of an accredited 20 nonpublic school extends the school calendar because inclement 21 weather caused the school district or accredited nonpublic 22 school to temporarily close school during the regular school 23 calendar, the school district or accredited nonpublic school 24 may excuse a graduating senior who has met district or school 25 requirements for graduation from attendance during the extended 26 school calendar. A school corporation may begin employment 27 of personnel for in-service training and development purposes 28 before the date to begin elementary and secondary school. 29 Sec. 4. Section 279.10, subsections 2 and 3, Code 2011, are 30 amended by striking the subsections. 31 Sec. 5. Section 299.4, subsection 1, Code 2011, is amended 32 to read as follows: 33 1. The parent, guardian, or legal custodian of a child who 34 is of compulsory attendance age, who places the child under 35 -2- HF 534 (7) 84 kh/nh/mb 2/ 3
H.F. 534 competent private instruction under either section 299A.2 or 1 299A.3 , not in an accredited school or a home school assistance 2 program operated by a school district or accredited nonpublic 3 school, shall furnish a report in duplicate on forms provided 4 by the public school district, to the district by the earliest 5 starting date specified in section 279.10, subsection 1 6 September 1 of the school year in which the child will be under 7 competent private instruction . The secretary shall retain and 8 file one copy and forward the other copy to the district’s 9 area education agency. The report shall state the name and 10 age of the child, the period of time during which the child 11 has been or will be under competent private instruction for 12 the year, an outline of the course of study, texts used, and 13 the name and address of the instructor. The parent, guardian, 14 or legal custodian of a child, who is placing the child under 15 competent private instruction for the first time, shall also 16 provide the district with evidence that the child has had the 17 immunizations required under section 139A.8 , and, if the child 18 is elementary school age, a blood lead test in accordance with 19 section 135.105D . The term “outline of course of study” shall 20 include subjects covered, lesson plans, and time spent on the 21 areas of study. 22 Sec. 6. REPEAL. Section 256.22, Code 2011, is repealed. 23 Sec. 7. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Act takes effect July 1, 2012. 24 -3- HF 534 (7) 84 kh/nh/mb 3/ 3