2016-2017 School Calendars
School Calendar Frequently Asked Questions
What is the state law regarding school calendars?
- Start date of the calendar can be no earlier than the Monday closest to August 26 and the end date no later than the Friday closest to June 11, unless the district has a weather related waiver.
- School must be in session a minimum of 185 days OR have 1,025 hours of instruction.
- Must have 9 teacher workdays.
- Veteran’s day must be a holiday for all students and school personnel.
- For more visit the Department of Public Instruction.
How does a school system get a weather-related waiver?
- The State Board of Education (SBE) may waive the open and closing date requirement when all schools have been closed for a full day, 8 or more days per year during any 4 of the last 10 years
- SBE regulations allow a district to use the current year closures to determine qualification for a waiver.
Who designs the calendar for each academic year?
- A committee of 38 people comprising district personnel, school principals, teachers, parents and students meet to discuss key dates. This group approves a calendar to present to the Board of Education.
- The Buncombe County Board of Education votes on the calendar at a regularly-scheduled Board meeting.
4. What are early release days? Is this a state requirement or a district requirement?
- Early release days have been requested by our teachers so that they have time to work when students are not in attendance. Teachers use this time for Professional Learning Communities, staff development, grade and report card preparation, and to hold parent-teacher conferences.
5. There is no snow in my district. Why can’t you close just the ones with snow or ice?
- Due to isolated inclement weather situations, some attendance areas might close or have delays, while other unaffected areas will remain open. If more than two of our six attendance areas are closed, the entire system will close.
- With schools such as PEP, Nesbitt Discovery Academy, Community High, and the Buncombe County Early and Middle Colleges drawing from students all over the district, shutting down more than two districts can cause not only scheduling issues for those schools, but safety issues as well.