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It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  16 V.S.A. § 1071 is amended to read:


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(b)  Hours of operation; grades one through twelveWithin the minimum set by the state board, the school board shall fix the number of hours that shall constitute a school day, subject to change upon the order of the state board.  A majority of students in each grade must be in attendance, or participating in a school-sponsored learning opportunity, for a minimum of five and one-half hours, including time available for lunch, for a day to constitute one full student attendance day.  If a majority of students in any grade is in attendance, or participating in a school-sponsored learning opportunity, for fewer than five and one-half hours, the day shall be counted as one-half of a student attendance day unless a waiver due to an emergency is requested of and granted by the commissioner; provided, however, if widespread illness results in attendance by less than a majority of students in one or more grades, then the day shall constitute one full student attendance day.  In addition, a day shall count as one full student attendance day if, due to an emergency determined to affect the health or safety of the students, the beginning of the school day is delayed by no more than two hours or the school day ends no more than two hours earlier than scheduled.

(c)  Unanticipated closings.  When a public school is closed for cause beyond the control of the school board it may petition the state board for a waiver of the requirements of this section.  The petition shall be filed with the state board within 10 days of each occurrence and not later than June 15 of the school year involved; and the state board shall act on the petition at its next meeting held five or more business days following receipt of the petition.  Action may include approval of the request, disapproval of the request, or postponement of a decision for a definite period in order to enable the district to schedule makeup days.  If the petition is approved and a waiver granted, the school district shall be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of this section.  If the state board fails to act at that meeting, the petition shall be deemed to have been approved and the waiver granted.

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(e)  Regional Technical center service region calendar.  Before April 1 of each year, the superintendents of schools and the headmasters of public schools not managed by school boards in an area in a technical center service region, the headmaster of an approved independent school functioning as an approved area technical center, and the director of a regional technical center school district, if either exists in the technical center service region, shall meet, and by majority vote, establish a uniform calendar to be observed by all school districts within that area the region for the following school year.  The calendar shall include student attendance days, periods of vacation, holidays and, teacher in-service education days, and provisions for transportation of students attending a technical center in the region and shall comply with subsection (a) of this section.  Unless permitted by the commissioner, no area served by a regional technical center shall be divided into two or more calendar regions.

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Sec. 2.  16 V.S.A. § 4003(a) is amended to read:

(a)  No school district shall receive any aid under this chapter unless that school district complies with the provisions of law relative to teachers’ salaries, appointment of superintendents, detailed financial reports to the state department of education, uniform technical center service region calendars, and any other requirements of law.

Sec. 3.  REPEAL

Secs. 2 and 3 of No. 31 of the Acts of 2007 (statewide school calendar; committee; effective date) are repealed.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont