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School Start Date Waivers

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Note: The guidance document attached to this story has been updated to accurately refect the new school start date law, which Gov. Branstad signed into law 04/10/15.

Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck informed school administrators in December 2014 that the Department will no longer automatically grant waivers from the school start date law, which says schools cannot begin classes before the week of September 1 unless they provide evidence of “significant negative educational impact.”

Iowa law does not define “significant negative educational impact” or establish guidelines for considering waivers. This guidance document, released to school administrators on January 21, does both of these things.

Guidance on School Start Date (2015-04-10)

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on February 23, 2018 at 9:53pm.