2 Local School Calendar Flexibility Bills Filed On Opening Day Of Legislative Session
Elizabeth Yelverton | NCASA Legal Affairs & Policy Manager
Lawmakers have begun to file the first bills of the 2019-2020 legislative session, and many school districts may be pleased to find that certain legislators have already taken steps toward local school calendar flexibility. While NCASA’s official position is that all school districts should have the flexibility to create school calendars that best fit the unique needs of their schools and communities, we applaud lawmakers for taking these initial steps on the first workday of the legislative session. NCASA has provided the following summaries regarding the recently-introduced bills:
This bill, primarily sponsored by Reps. Dennis Riddell (R-Alamance) and Stephen M. Ross (R-Alamance) would provide complete flexibility for Alamance-Burlington Schools in adopting its school calendar. If passed, this bill would grant calendar flexibility beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.
This bill, primarily sponsored by Reps. Julia C. Howard (R-Davie) and Mitchell S. Setzer (R-Catawba) would allow LEAs located in Catawba County and Davie County to schedule school opening and closing dates in their respective units to coincide with the opening and closing dates of Catawba Valley Community College or Davidson County Community College. This bill would only apply to Catawba County Schools, Davie County Schools, Hickory Public Schools, and Newton-Conover City Schools. If passed, this bill would apply beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.