The student school day for grades one through twelve shall consist of a minimum of five and one-half hours, not including the lunch period. The school day consists of the schedule of class instruction and class activities as established and sponsored by the school district. Time during which students are released from school for parent/teacher conferences may be counted as part of the student’s instructional time. The minimum school day shall meet the requirements as established for the operation of accredited schools.
The board may define the number of days kindergarten will be held and the length of each school day for the students attending kindergarten. The school day shall consist of a schedule as recommended by the superintendent and approved by the board.
The school district may also record a day of school with less than the minimum instructional hours if the total hours of instructional time for grades one through twelve in any five consecutive school days equals a minimum of twenty-seven and one-half hours, even though any one day of school is less than the minimum instructional hours because of a staff development opportunity provided for the instructional staff or parent-teacher conferences have been scheduled beyond the regular school day. If the total hours of instructional time for the first four consecutive days equal at least twenty-seven and one-half hours because parent-teacher conferences have been scheduled beyond the regular school day, the school district may record zero hours of instructional time on the fifth consecutive school day as a school day. Schedule revisions and changes in time allotments will be made by the superintendent.
The superintendent has the authority to determine which continuous remote learning opportunities are appropriate in accordance with the district’s Return to Learn Plan as approved by the Department of Education. The superintendent shall consult with the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Decatur County Department of Public Health, Iowa Department of Education and Center for Disease Control guidance, and may take additional precautions to keep staff and students as safe as reasonably possible. Instructional time shall be consistent with the district’s approved Return to Learn Plan for students, classrooms, attendance centers or the district as a whole when engaged in a method of continuous remote learning.
When the school is forced to close due to weather or other emergencies those hours of the day during which school was in session will count toward the 1,080 total hours required.
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to inform the board annually of the length of the school day.
If a parent or guardian of a student notifies the district in writing that the student, student’s immediate family member or primary caretaker has a significant health condition that increases the risk of COVID-19, documented but their doctor, the superintendent shall make reasonable accommodation, on a case-by-case basis, for the student to attend school through remote learning.