made to the school calendar must be approved by the local board of
education. There are several options available to boards when amending
the calendar to make up for time missed:
- Use extra instructional time banked from the beginning of the
year. (i.e. original calendar included 177 days with no less
than 6 hours 15 minutes of instruction)
- Lengthen the school day to include
extra instructional time for the remainder of the year. (i.e.
effective March 3, 2003 the daily
schedule will be adjusted from 6 hours of instruction to
6 hours 15 minutes)
- Add days missed back into the calendar on another day
either within the current school year or at the end of the
current school year.
- Any combination of items one thru three.
Teachers are required by statute to be “employed and compensated” for
187 days. Therefore, regardless of the number of instructional
days in the students’ calendar, teachers must still have
187 days. However, OAG 97-25 allows for these days to be less than
full-time. The length of the teachers’ day is at the discretion
of the local board.
The extra days added to the calendar for teachers can be added
as Planning or Professional Development days. The local board determines
whether these additional days required by the teachers can be accomplished
through a flexible work plan.
According to 702 KAR 7:125, districts must make up the first 20
disaster days missed. Districts can request that disaster days
missed over 20 not have to be made up. A request must be sent to
the Commissioner of the Department of Education along with a copy
of the local board order that approves the request. The Commissioner
will determine whether the days are required to be made up.
The amended school calendar is due to KDE by May 1. If the amended
calendar approved by the local board reflects less than 177 instructional
days, a description/calculation of the minimal instructional time
of the district needs to be shown on the second page of the amended
calendar. There is not a specific format required for this information.
It needs to clearly explain how 1050 hours of instruction was achieved.