CHAPTER 6

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 43

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SCHOOL DISTRICT CALENDARS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE :

Section 1. Amend § 1049(1), Title 14 of the Delaware Code, by striking subsection (1) as it appears therein in its entirety and by substituting in lieu thereof the following:

“(1) Determine the hours of daily school sessions, the holidays when district schools shall be closed, and the days on which teachers attend educational improvement activities. This authority is subject to the requirement that all school district calendars must provide for school attendance of at least the following number of hours:

Kindergarten: 440 hours

Grades 1-11: 1060 hours

Grade 12: 1032 hours

The waiver provisions in § 1305 of this title also apply to the district calendar.

The number of hours in a school day for grades 1-12 shall be at least 3-1/2 hours exclusive of lunch, and abbreviated days shall not be scheduled on the last school day prior to a scheduled holiday. In the case of an unplanned delay, or early dismissal caused by weather or other unforeseen emergency conditions, such a delay or early dismissal shall be no more than 2 hours. All district calendars shall be adopted by April 30th for the following school year and may only be amended following a 30-day public notice.”

Section 2. Amend § 1023, Title 14 of the Delaware Code, by striking § 1023 in its entirety.

Section 3. Amend § 2702(a), Title 14 of the Delaware Code, by striking the phrase “each day of the minimum school term of 180 days” as it appears in the first sentence therein and by substituting in lieu thereof the following:

“for all hours of school attendance required by the school district calendar”.

Section 4. Amend § 2802 and § 2805, Title 14 of the Delaware Code, by striking those two sections in their entireties as they appear therein.

Section 5. Amend § 1703(e), Title 14 of the Delaware Code, by striking the phrase “217 pupil days” as it appears in the second sentence therein and by substituting in lieu thereof the phrase “1282 hours of school attendance”; and by striking the phrase “pupil days to 241.” as it appears in the second sentence therein and by substituting in lieu thereof the phrase “school attendance to 1,426 hours.”

Section 6. Amend § 1716A(g), Title 14 of the Delaware Code, by striking the phrase “180 pupil days” as it appears therein and by substituting in lieu thereof the phrase “1060 hours of school attendance”.

Approved September 03,1999