Florida Senate - 2015 SB 688 By Senator Montford 3-00829-15 2015688__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the opening and closing of public 3 schools; amending s. 1001.42, F.S.; revising a 4 requirement for the uniform opening date of public 5 schools; amending s. 1003.621, F.S.; providing that 6 academically high-performing school districts must 7 comply with provisions relating to the uniform opening 8 date of public schools; providing an effective date. 9 10 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 Section 1. Paragraph (f) of subsection (4) of section 13 1001.42, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 14 1001.42 Powers and duties of district school board.—The 15 district school board, acting as a board, shall exercise all 16 powers and perform all duties listed below: 17 (4) ESTABLISHMENT, ORGANIZATION, AND OPERATION OF SCHOOLS. 18 Adopt and provide for the execution of plans for the 19 establishment, organization, and operation of the schools of the 20 district, including, but not limited to, the following: 21 (f) Opening and closing of schools; fixing uniform date. 22 Adopt policies for the opening and closing of schools and fix 23 uniform dates; however, beginning with the 2015-2016
2007-200824 school year, the opening date for schools in the district may 25 not be earlier than 21 14days before Labor Day each year. 26 Section 2. Present paragraph (k) of subsection (2) of 27 section 1003.621, Florida Statutes, is redesignated as paragraph 28 (l), and a new paragraph (k) is added to that subsection, to 29 read: 30 1003.621 Academically high-performing school districts.—It 31 is the intent of the Legislature to recognize and reward school 32 districts that demonstrate the ability to consistently maintain 33 or improve their high-performing status. The purpose of this 34 section is to provide high-performing school districts with 35 flexibility in meeting the specific requirements in statute and 36 rules of the State Board of Education. 37 (2) COMPLIANCE WITH STATUTES AND RULES.—Each academically 38 high-performing school district shall comply with all of the 39 provisions in chapters 1000-1013, and rules of the State Board 40 of Education which implement these provisions, pertaining to the 41 following: 42 (k) Section 1001.42(4)(f), relating to the uniform opening 43 date for public schools. 44 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.