|BILL AS PASSED BY SENATE||2007-2008|
AN ACT RELATING TO SCHOOL CALENDARS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 16 V.S.A. § 1071 is amended to read:
§ 1071. SCHOOL
SCHOOL DAY CALENDAR
* * *
Hours of operation; grades one through twelve.
Within 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.
* * *
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
* * *
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.
The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street