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Senate Bill 743 overhauls MO school calendars

For years, the school calendar has been pretty predictable. Start classes a week or two before labor day and end before Memorial Day. But now the rules are changing in Missouri.

School calendars could be going through an overhaul in Missouri.

"For decades in Missouri, schools districts were required to go 174 days - that was it, there was no options to it,” says Phil Cook.

But Senate Bill 743 is changing that. Governor Mike Parson has signed the measure that drops the minimum number of days. But that doesn't mean there are no rules. The state still requires 1,044 hours of instructional time.

"Now it's just going to go on hours, give districts some flexibility. Maybe extend some days, or even shorten some days if they want. But it gives us as local school districts the ability to meet our own needs,” says Phil Cook

Which can be very different from district to district.

"We've got rural communities in our state, we've got urban communities in our state suburban, we're all different, we're all unique,” says Cook.

The change could affect decision like making up snow days.

"And a district wanted to make the decision to add on 15 minutes to the school day in lieu of making up a full day, they would have the flexibility to do something like that,” says Cook.

The new calendar requirements will take effect starting the 2019-2020 school year.


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