Policy 602.01

School Calendar

In a regular meeting held no later than the second Monday of May, the Board, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, shall adopt and publicize a school calendar for the ensuing year.

The school calendar will provide for a minimum of 1080 instructional hours at the secondary (6-12) level and 1032 hours at the elementary (K-5) level. The instructional hour is defined as that time when students are under the supervision of a certified staff member from the time school is scheduled to begin until the time when school is scheduled to end each day. The regular time scheduled for each student’s lunch shall be excluded from instructional program time. Activities included in the instructional hour will be class-related field trips, contests, fairs, assemblies, leadership workshops, career and academic counseling, passing and recess time, and other academic-related events authorized by the administration and Board.

All students will be required to be in attendance during this instructional time unless excused in compliance with school attendance policy. It shall be the responsibility of each building principal to see that an appropriate instructional program is scheduled for each student. This schedule shall provide for the best use of each individual student’s time.

Only in extraordinary situations shall travel time to athletic or other non-academic events be taken from the regularly scheduled school day. Elkhorn schools will not be dismissed for state tournament events. Students may attend these events if they follow Parent-Student Handbook procedures for pre-planned absences.

Sufficient time shall be built into the school calendar to allow for time lost when school is dismissed under emergency conditions. The district will publish the make-up days with each school calendar that will be required if emergency conditions cause excessive loss of school time.

Approved: November 10, 1992
Revised: December 9, 1996
Revised: January 9, 2006
Revised: August 14, 2006