The Board of Education recognizes that the preparation of a school calendar is essential to orderly educational planning and to the efficient operation of the district.

The Board shall determine annually he days when the schools will be in session for instructional purposes. The school calendar will provide no fewer than 180 days of instruction. Days on which school is closed for holidays, teachers’ institutes, and inclement weather shall not be considered as days in session.

A school day shall consist of not less than four hours of actual instruction, except that in an approved Kindergarten, one continuous session of two and one half hours may be considered a full day. A half-day class shall be considered the equivalent of a full day’s attendance only if the class is in session for four hours or more, exclusive of recess periods or lunch periods.

An approved Kindergarten shall meet the requirements set forth in N.J.A.C. 6A:32-8.3(c).

The Commissioner of Education shall annually prescribe a list of religious holidays on which it shall be mandatory to excuse pupils for religious observance upon the written request signed by the parent or person standing in loco parentis. Staff members shall avoid, whenever possible, scheduling a test on a religious holiday commonly observed by residents of the district.

The Superintendent shall in consultation with the Sussex County Superintendent annually prepare and submit to the Board a school calendar no later than April 1st. The Board reserves the right to alter the school calendar when such alteration is feasible and serves the best interests of the pupils of this district.

N.J.S.A. 18A:25-3; 18A:36-2; 18A:36-16

N.J.S.A. 18A:54-25 [vocational districts]

N.J.A.C. 6A:32-8.3

Adopted: March 1987

Revised: August 2006