Chapter 209: SCHOOL DAYS, HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL OBSERVANCES
§4801. School days
The following provisions shall apply to school days. [1981, c. 693, §§5, 8 (NEW).]
A school administrative unit shall make provision for the maintenance of all of
its schools for at least 180 days a year. At least 175 days shall be used for instruction.
In meeting the requirement of a 180-day school year, no more than 5 days may be used
for in-service education of teachers, administrative meetings, parent-teacher conferences,
records' days and similar activities.
A. The commissioner may reduce or waive the minimum number of days required on application
from a school board. The commissioner may authorize an equivalent number of hours to be substituted for
days for a limited time period upon application from a school board. The application must be supported in writing with a statement of the reasons for
the request. [2009, c. 87, §1 (AMD).]
B. Notwithstanding any other section of the statutes, school committees, with the approval
of the commissioner, may adopt or amend rules necessary to implement an extended school
year at the local level. The commissioner may make appropriate adjustments, not to
exceed the allowable subsidy, to insure fair and equitable treatment in the distribution
of state aid. [1981, c. 693, §§5, 8 (NEW).]
C. Notwithstanding this subsection, the commissioner shall promulgate a rule to provide
that local school units may allow secondary school students to graduate up to 5 school
days prior to the regular end of the school year. [1985, c. 624, (NEW).]
D. A school administrative unit, operating under a plan approved by the commissioner,
may provide for the use of up to 5 of the 175 instructional days required by this
section to be used for screening incoming first year students for the purpose of identifying
children with disabilities and students at risk of school failure as required by state
or federal law. [2005, c. 662, Pt. A, §10 (AMD).]
E. Notwithstanding this subsection and any other provision of law, for school years
1991-92 and 1992-93, a school administrative unit may reduce the number of days for
the maintenance of all its schools by 5 days a year. A school administrative unit
that decides to reduce the number of school days for school year 1991-92 or 1992-93,
or both, shall notify the commissioner in writing of its plan. [1991, c. 622, Pt. DD, §2 (NEW).]
2009, c. 87, §1 (AMD)
A school administrative unit shall operate all its schools so that their regular
annual sessions are as equal in length as practicable.
1981, c. 693, §§5, 8 (NEW)
2-A.Regional school calendars; plan; rules.
To be eligible for state subsidy, each school administrative unit and private school approved for tuition purposes shall work with affiliated units, as defined in section 8301-A, subsection 1, in
its career and technical education center or school administrative units in its career and technical education region to develop and approve a regional school calendar that aligns the school calendars
of sending schools with the school calendars of career and technical education programs
in the region. The plan for a regional school calendar must meet the following requirements.
A. There may not be more than 5 instructional days on which one or more of the school calendars of the school administrative
units affiliated with a career and technical education center or one or more of the
school calendars of the school administrative units within a career and technical
education region are not aligned with the regional school calendar. [2011, c. 686, §2 (AMD).]
B. When career and technical education centers or regions overlap, there must be common calendars for each of the schools
in those overlapping areas. [2011, c. 686, §2 (AMD).]
C. The authority for approving the regional school calendar must be within the school
boards of the local school administrative units. [2003, c. 617, §1 (NEW).]
D. Regional school calendars for Aroostook County may have provisions for waivers of the number of dissimilar days for purposes of agricultural harvesting. [2011, c. 686, §2 (AMD).]
D-1. The commissioner, in accordance with rules adopted pursuant to this subsection, may
authorize regional school calendars that do not comply with paragraph A if the commissioner
determines that all school administrative units in the region have plans and will
implement those plans to ensure compliance with paragraph F, notwithstanding the dissimilar
calendar days. [2011, c. 686, §2 (NEW).]
E. Plans for regional school calendars that comply with this subsection must be approved and implemented in time for the 2013-2014 school year. [2011, c. 686, §2 (AMD).]
F. All career and technical education students must be given access to career and technical
education programs for the entire instructional time required for those programs by
department rules. [2011, c. 686, §2 (NEW).]
The commissioner shall adopt rules to establish requirements for regional school calendars.
Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are major substantive rules pursuant to
Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
2011, c. 686, §2 (AMD)
A school administrative unit which fails to comply with this section may not receive
its state school subsidy until it provides for future compliance.
1981, c. 693, §§5, 8 (NEW)
1981, c. 693, §§5,8 (NEW).
1985, c. 624, (AMD).
1989, c. 128, (AMD).
1991, c. 121, §A4 (AMD).
1991, c. 622, §DD2 (AMD).
1993, c. 349, §45 (AMD).
2003, c. 617, §1 (AMD).
2005, c. 662, §A10 (AMD).
2009, c. 87, §1 (AMD).
2011, c. 686, §2 (AMD).
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