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Waivers for school calendar start and end dates

Policy TitleWaivers for school calendar start and end dates
Policy CategorySchool Calendar (CALN)
Policy IDCALN-000
Policy Date2014-06-05
Previous Policy Dates11/04/2004
Statutory ReferenceGS 115C-84.2 (HB 1464, Sec. 1.5 (d), 2004)

Formerly TCS-V-000

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Exceptions from the opening dates as per G.S. 115C-84.2 include:
(No Waiver Required)

  • Year-Round schools,
  • Schools designated as having a modified calendar for the 2003-04 school years or planned to have a modified calendar in 2003-04. This includes those schools that have been identified by the SBE as High Priority or Continually Low Performing, or
  • Charter Schools (G.S. 115C-238.29F).

Note:  Without the exceptions above, the opening date for school can be no earlier than the Monday closest to August 26th .

Waiver Requests
Waivers may only be requested for the opening date of the school calendar as defined in the law.  Waivers cannot be requested for any other provision in the law, e.g., pay schedules, days in the month for salary purposes, or the number of school calendar days.

I.  Missed Days

The State Board of Education may waive the opening date requirement for any LEA within a county that has been closed eight or more days per year during any four of the last ten years because of severe weather conditions, energy shortages, power failures, or other emergency situations.

The LEA may submit a request for a waiver for all the schools that reside in the LEA.

The LEA will choose the ten year period that determines their eligibility for a waiver.

The LEA must submit a waiver request by August 15 for State Board of Education approval or denial during their calendar development for the following school year. 

The LEA may choose to submit a waiver by April 1 of the current year for State Board of Education approval or denial for the following school year.

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