Cut Bank School District
School Year Calendar and Day
Subject to §§ 20-1-301 and 20-1-308, MCA, and any applicable collective bargaining agreement covering the employment of affected employees, the trustees of a school district shall set the number of hours in a school term, the length of the school day, and the number of school days in a school week. When proposing to adopt changes to a previously adopted school term, school week, or school day, the trustees shall: (a) negotiate the changes with the recognized collective bargaining unit representing the employees affected by the changes; (b) solicit input from the employees affected by the changes but not represented by a collective bargaining agreement; (c) and from the people who live within the boundaries of the school district.
Teachers and students will devote a portion of the day on each commemorative holiday designated in § 20-1-306, MCA, to study and honor the commemorated person or occasion. The Board may from time to time designate a regular school day as a commemorative holiday.
Pupil instruction may be held on a Saturday at the discretion of a school district for the purpose of providing additional pupil instruction, provided that: (a) Saturday school is not a pupil-instruction day and does not count toward the minimum aggregate hours of pupil instruction; and (b) student attendance is voluntary.
School Fiscal Year
At least the minimum number of aggregate hours must be conducted during each school fiscal year. The minimum aggregate hours required by grade are:
(a) A minimum of 360 aggregate hours for a kindergarten program;
(b) 720 hours for grades 1 through 3;
(c) 1,080 hours for grades 4 through 12; and
(d) 1,050 hours may be sufficient for graduating seniors.
In addition, seven (7) pupil instruction-related days may be scheduled for the following purposes:
1. Pre-school staff orientation for the purpose of organization of the school year;
2. Staff professional development programs (minimum of three (3) days);
3. Parent/teacher conferences; and
4. Post-school record and report (not to exceed one (1) day, or one-half (½) day at the end of each semester or quarter).
Legal References: § 20-1-301, MCA School fiscal year
§ 20-1-302, MCA School day and week
§ 20-1-303, MCA Conduct of School on Saturday or Sunday
prohibited - exceptions
§ 20-1-304, MCA Pupil-instruction-related day
§ 20-1-306, MCA Commemorative exercises on certain days
ARM 10.55.701 Board of Trustees
ARM 10.65.101-103 Pupil-Instruction-Related Days
ARM 10.55.906 High School Credit