Some members have been asking why the Troy school calendar does not mirror other districts’ calendars.
Each district bargains a calendar with their teachers that reflect the desires of the local school board and community. The one constant for all districts is the state laws which regulate public school calendars. Here are the most noteworthy laws when considering a school calendar:
- State law requires that districts maintain the number of student days to no less than 180. In the 2016-2017, all schools will have 180 student days.
- State law requires that districts maintain no less than1098 hours per school year.
- State law passed in 2008 requires a district to maintain the number of student days that they currently have in their school calendar. We had 179 student days that school year.
- State law requires that the first day of school cannot be scheduled until after Labor Day. (Unless a waiver is obtained)
- State law requires each ISD to establish a county-wide calendar for the holiday break and spring break. Districts must adhere to this schedule unless they wish to appeal to the Michigan Department of Education for a waiver.