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8220 - School Day

The Board authorizes the school day to be arranged and scheduled by the administration. It will offer the maximum education for the time spent within the limitations of school facilities and the laws and regulations of the State.

Florida statutes define a minimum regular school day for students as three net hours for nursery and kindergarten, four net hours for the first three grades, and five net hours above the third grade. The Superintendent shall annually establish the hours of the school day. The Superintendent may authorize exceptions from the regular school day.

In case of an emergency, the Superintendent is authorized to close and dismiss any school or all schools prior to the regular daily dismissal hour. The principal may dismiss the school when the Superintendent or designee cannot be contacted and an extreme emergency exists that endangers the health, safety or welfare of students. Any such early dismissal decision made by the principal shall be reported immediately to the Superintendent’s office with a statement describing the reasons for early dismissal. This report shall be submitted to the Board at its next regular meeting unless a special meeting is held relating to the emergency.

The Superintendent shall have the authority to determine which school-related activities may be conducted if the schools are closed for a period of time. The Superintendent shall prepare appropriate procedures for communication to students, parents, and others regarding the scheduling and other details of these activities.

F.S. 1001.42, 1001.43, 1001.51

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