(Atlantic) The Iowa Department of Education is proposing a new rule that would make it difficult for school districts to start school no earlier than the calendar week that includes Sept. 1, but most districts seek waivers allowing them to begin earlier. The new rule will be considered by the board tomorrow.
Atlantic for instance; will start school August 14. Atlantic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein says the board will probably consider a later start date in the 2014-2015 school year.
“As we take a look at developing the 2014-2015 calendar we will probably consider a later start date,” stated Amstein. “Because, now we have a little bit more flexibility with the 1080 hours option as opposed to the 180-days.
Dr. Amstein says the legislature passed the 1,080 hour school year which adds another option to the 180-day requirement.
“This gives local school districts flexibility in determining their school calendar, is it going to based on hours or school days,” explained Amstein. “In the past the only option you had was school days and I think a lot of school districts will take a look at the 1080 hours because it gives them more flexibility.”
Dr. Amstein says one of the arguments has always been about keeping the hours equal on the semesters and he is not a big believer in that. Amstein says the Atlantic school district will finish up a two-year calendar this school year. He says the board will begin discussing a calendar change which may include the 1080 option.
July 31, 2013