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Exemptions for the School Calendar Law

SL 2004-180 (better known as the School Calendar Law) provides an automatic exemption for only two classifications of schools.

1. Year-round Schools. These would be specific schools within a school system that operate on a year-round calendar as defined in other sections of the N. C. General Statutes. This exemption would not apply to any other schools within a county or city school system. A school currently operating under a traditional calendar that is converted to a year-round school in the future would be exempt beginning in the year that the year-round calendar went into effect.

2. Modified School Calendar. Specific schools within a school system that were identified by the local School Board, as of the 2003-2004 school year, as operating under a modified school calendar. Additionally, a specific school identified by the local School Board, as of the 2003-2004 school year, as planning to convert to the modified school calendar would become exempt in the year it converts to the modified calendar.

According to research staff of the North Carolina General Assembly, only a small number of schools in the state operate under the modified calendar. SOS-NC is attempting to identify these schools, and where they are located. This information will be provided as soon as it is available. The language in SL 2004-180 that exempts schools operating under the 'modified Calendar' is below:

"The required opening and closing dates under this subsection shall not apply to any school that a local board designated as having a modified calendar for the 2003-2004 school year or to any school that was part of a planned program in the 2003-2004 school year for a system of modified calendar schools, so long as the school operates under a modified calendar."

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