Changing the Schedule
A traditional school district board of education (not applicable to joint vocational school districts) must hold a public hearing at least thirty days prior to adopting its school schedule. While not required prior to July 1, 2014, the Ohio Department of Education recommends that a public hearing be held if the traditional district is proposing a change in its schedule in hours or days.
If a traditional district board or joint vocational school district intends to reduce the total number of hours it is scheduled to be open for instruction compared to the previous year, it must approve a separate resolution.
The district board may not schedule a number of hours below the minimum hours outlined in this document. The total number of hours from last school year is the total number of scheduled hours, not the actual hours the school was open for instruction.
Prior to traditional districts (not applicable to joint vocational school districts) making any changes in the hours or days in which a school is scheduled to be open for instruction, traditional school districts must consider the compatibility of the proposed schedule with the scheduling needs of other educational entities in the area. The traditional district must give advanced notice to the entities and enter into a written agreement with each prior to implementing the new schedule. The educational entities that the traditional district must consider are:
Joint Vocational School Districts
Enter into an agreement with the joint vocational school district board with regard to student access to the instructional programs offered by the joint vocational school district, incentives for students to participate in career-technical education, transportation and the timing of graduation.
Provide advanced notice of a change in hours or days of the traditional high school(s) to the joint vocational school district board; and
Provide advanced notice of a change in the days to hours of any of the traditional district’s schools to the community school’s sponsor, governing authority and its operator if applicable; and
Enter into an agreement with the community school’s governing board or operator, if such authority is delegated to the operator, with regard to student access to the instructional programs offered by the community school, transportation and the timing of graduation.
Prior to making any change in the hours or days in which a school is scheduled to be open, traditional districts also must consult with the chartered nonpublic schools to which the district is required to transport and must consider the effect of the proposed change on the schedule for transportation of those students to the nonpublic schools. Traditional districts, however, do not have to enter into agreements with each chartered nonpublic school.
The governing authority of a charted nonpublic school must consult with each school district board of education that transports students to the nonpublic school prior to making any change in the hours or days in which the nonpublic school is open for instruction. The charted nonpublic school does not have to enter into any written agreements regarding the schedule.
Last Modified: 12/3/2013 8:00:52 AM