School Calendar Requirements in KRS 158.070
The minimum school term shall be one hundred eighty-five (185) days, including no less than the equivalent of one hundred seventy-five (175) six (6) hour instructional days. A board of education may extend its term beyond the minimum term. Please refer to KRS 158.070 and 702 KAR 7:140 for additional calendar requirements.
School Calendar Requirements in 2012 HB 265
The 2012 budget bill says that the school term shall include, at a minimum, the equivalent of 177 six-hour instructional days (1,062 hours). This requirement is in effect through the 2013-14 school year.
The local board of education, upon recommendation of the local school district superintendent, shall adopt a school calendar for the upcoming school year that establishes the opening and closing dates of the school term, beginning and ending dates of each month, instructional days, and days on which schools shall be dismissed. The local board may schedule days for breaks in the school calendar that shall not be counted as a part of the minimum school term. The original calendar shall be submitted to KDE (Kentucky Department of Education) prior to June 30.
Innovative Alternative Calendar
If a district is submitting an innovative alternative calendar (i.e., a district calendar containing less than 170 six- hour instructional days), then KDE strongly recommends that this proposed calendar be submitted to KDE by April 30, 2013. This will help avoid any delay in approval of the calendar and ensure adequate time for revision, should the calendar not be approved. The following checklist should accompany the request:
At the end of the school term an amended calendar shall be approved by the local board of education and submitted to KDE for review no later than June 30. The amended calendar must have each weekday designated in Infinite Campus as a Day Event Type (opening, closing, holiday, professional development, planning, regular, teacher equivalency, disaster, break, other or weather). To avoid adding additional instructional time to meet the minimum of 1062 hour requirement, make up days are adequately planned in the original calendar for any unexpected day types, such as weather or illness.
Original and Amended School Calendar Summaries