Some school systems may not need to make up lost days

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ATLANTA -- Another weather-related problem created by our winter storms? The amount of missed school days.

This week, the state board of education takes up a resolution in which certain schools would not have to make up any of the snow days -- from either one of the winter storms that shut down schools in January and February.

The only caveat -- the school district would have to have been in a county that was included in the governor's States of Emergency during either one of the two storms.


 (a) The LBOE shall establish and approve the school day and school year for

students in grades K-12 at a regularly scheduled LBOE meeting.

 1. For Grades K-12, the LBOE shall schedule the school year for students as a minimum of 180 school days or its equivalent.

 (i) LEAs not operating the minimum school year for students shall receive a prorated reduction of state funds.

 2. For Grades K-12, the LBOE shall schedule a school day that must, at a minimum, satisfy the following instructional time requirements:

 (i) Any grade K - 3 shall have not less than a daily average of 4 ½ hours (270 minutes) of instructional time based on the 180-day school year.

  (ii) Any grade 4 - 5 shall have not less than a daily average of 5 hours (300 minutes) of instructional time based on the 180-day school year.

 (iii) Any grade 6 - 12 shall have not less than a daily average of 5 ½ hours (330 minutes) of instructional time based on the 180-day school year.

 (b) The LBOE shall notify parents of its adopted number of instructional minutes for Grades K-12 in a manner consistent with established district communication procedures.

 (c) A LBOE may, without the necessity of authorization from the SBOE, elect not o complete, as make-up days, up to four additional days otherwise needed which are the result of days when school was closed due to emergency, disaster, act of God, civil disturbance, or shortage of vital or critical material, supplies, or fuel as provided in O.C.G.A. § 20-2-168(c)(3).

 (d) The LBOE may provide for the closure of its schools on November 11 of each year to enable students, teachers, and administrators to participate in Veterans Day programs to honor veterans of the armed forces.

  (e) The LBOE shall adhere to all SBOE rules governing graduation and awarding units of credit requirements for graduation.

 (f) The LBOE shall adhere to the minimum hours of instruction in academic

classes for middle school programs as established in SBOE Rule 160-4-2-.05



 (g) A maximum of ten clock hours of early dismissal time, per school year for

parent-teacher conferences may be counted as instructional time. 3

(i) Testing, counseling, and health screenings are deemed to be instructional activities.

  (ii) Educational field trips which relate directly to standards are deemed to be instructional activities.

  (iii) Rest periods, recesses, breaks, class change time, and lunch periods are not considered to be instructional time.

  (h) Only days in which students are present for at least half of the instructional time required at each grade level shall be counted as a school day in the school year.

 (i) The LEA may alter the school day daily schedule for students in Grades K-12 consistent with the LBOE policy.


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