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70-1-109.


70-1-109.


    A.  A school year for all public schools in Oklahoma shall
consist of at least ten (10) months of four (4) weeks each, during
which time school shall actually be in session and instruction
offered for not less than one hundred eighty (180) days.  Five (5)
days may be used for attendance of professional meetings and teachers
may be paid for a length of term in excess thereof, under conditions
hereinafter outlined.  Subject to district board of education policy,
teachers who have submitted an application for National Board
certification shall either be allowed to utilize two (2) of their
five (5) professional days for National Board certification portfolio
development or be provided an additional two (2) professional days
during which a substitute teacher shall be provided by the school
district at no cost to the teacher.  A school district may authorize
parent-teacher conferences to be held during a regular school day.
Following such authorization by the school district, these
conferences shall be counted towards a school day, as defined in
Section 1-111 of this title, and included as part of the one hundred
seventy-five (175) days of classroom instruction.  A school district
may maintain school for less than a full term only when conditions
beyond the control of school authorities make the maintenance of the
term impossible and the State Board of Education has been apprised
and has expressed concurrence in writing.
    B.  The State Board of Education shall establish criteria for an
extended day schedule.  The criteria shall:
    1.  Prescribe a lengthened school day within limits determined
not to be detrimental to quality instruction; and
    2.  Ensure that the schedule is equivalent in annual hours of
instruction to the one-hundred-eighty-day school year specified in
subsection A of this section; and
    3.  Be consistent with the provisions of this section and
Sections 1-110 through 1-112 of this title, but may result in fewer
annual days of instruction.
The State Board of Education may authorize school districts to
implement an extended day schedule for instruction pursuant to the
criteria developed.  The State Board of Education shall require the
participating school districts to prepare a report of the impact of
the extended day schedule.




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