SENATE BILL No. 885

 

 

March 1, 2018, Introduced by Senators SHIRKEY, KNOLLENBERG, MACGREGOR and PAVLOV and referred to the Committee on Education.

 

 

     A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled

 

"The revised school code,"

 

by amending section 1284b (MCL 380.1284b), as amended by 2006 PA

 

235.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 1284b. (1) Until subsection (2) applies to the school

 

district, public school academy, or intermediate school district,

 

the board of a school district or intermediate school district or

 

board of directors of a public school academy shall ensure that the

 

district's or public school academy's schools are not in session on

 

the Friday before Labor day.Day.

 

     (2) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the board of

 

a school district or intermediate school district or board of

 


directors of a public school academy shall ensure that the

 

district's or public school academy's school year does not begin

 

before Labor day.Day.

 

     (3) If a collective bargaining agreement that provides a

 

complete school calendar is in effect for employees of a school

 

district, public school academy, or intermediate school district as

 

of the effective date of the amendatory act that added subsection

 

(2), and if that school calendar is not in compliance with

 

subsection (2), then subsection (2) does not apply to that school

 

district, public school academy, or intermediate school district

 

until after the expiration of that collective bargaining agreement.

 

     (4) If a school district, intermediate school district, or

 

public school academy is operating a year-round school or program

 

as of September 29, 2005 or is operating as of that date a school

 

that is an international baccalaureate academy that provides 1,160

 

hours of pupil instruction per school year, then subsection (2)

 

does not apply to that school or program. If a school district,

 

intermediate school district, or public school academy begins

 

operating a year-round school or program after September 29, 2005,

 

the school district, intermediate school district, or public school

 

academy may apply to the superintendent of public instruction for a

 

waiver from the requirements of subsection (2). Upon application,

 

if the superintendent of public instruction determines that a

 

school or program is a bona fide year-round school or program

 

established for educational reasons, the superintendent of public

 

instruction shall grant the waiver. A waiver granted under this

 

subsection is valid until the school district, intermediate school


district, or public school academy notifies the department, in a

 

form and manner prescribed by the department, that the school

 

district, intermediate school district, or public school academy no

 

longer requires the waiver. The superintendent of public

 

instruction shall establish standards for determining a bona fide

 

year-round school or program for the purposes of this subsection.

 

     (5) If an intermediate school district contracts with a

 

constituent district or public school academy to provide programs

 

or services for pupils of the constituent district or public school

 

academy; operates a program or service within a building owned by a

 

constituent district or a public school academy located within the

 

intermediate school district's boundaries; or otherwise provides

 

instructional programs or services for pupils of a constituent

 

district or public school academy, and if the school district's or

 

public school academy's school year begins before Labor day Day

 

under subsection (3) or (4), then the intermediate school district

 

may provide programs or services according to the school district's

 

or public school academy's calendar.

 

     (6) This section does not apply to a public school that

 

operates all of grades 6 to 12 at a single site, that aligns its

 

high school curriculum with advanced placement courses as the

 

capstone of the curriculum, and that ends its second academic

 

semester concurrently with the end of the advanced placement

 

examination period.

 

     (7) This section does not prohibit a school district,

 

intermediate school district, or public school academy from

 

offering or requiring professional development for its personnel


that is conducted before Labor day.Day.

 

     (8) As used in this section, "Labor day"Day" means the first

 

Monday in September.

 

     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days

 

after the date it is enacted into law.