AN ACT TO PROVIDE SCHOOL CALENDAR FLEXIBILITY TO CERTAIN COUNTIES FOR EXTRAORDINARY CONDITIONS.
Includes whereas clauses.
Under current law, GS 115C-84.2(d) sets the parameters within which local boards of education must determine the opening and closing dates of public schools under subdivision (a)(1) of this statute. Amends GS 115C-84.2(d) to provide the Ashe County Schools, Avery County Schools, Mitchell County Schools, and Watauga County Schools with additional flexibility in adopting their school calendars. Provides that on a showing of good cause, the opening date requirement may be waived and local boards of education may be allowed to set an earlier opening date, as follows: (1) if schools have been closed eight days per year during any four of the last 10 years, the opening date must be no earlier than the Monday closest to August 19; (2) if schools have been closed 13 days per year during any four of the last 10 years, the opening date must be no earlier than the Monday closest to August 12; and (3) if schools have been closed 17 days per year during any of the four of the last 10 years, the opening date must be no earlier than the Monday closest to August 7. Makes conforming changes. Applies beginning with the 2019-20 school year.
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