The Public School District Calendar prescribed in Section 10-19 of the School Code mandates a minimum of 185 days in the proposed school calendar to ensure 176 days of student attendance. The School Code also defines the “types” of days which may be included in the calendar, i.e., Teacher Institutes, Parent/Teacher Conferences, etc.
The proposed school calendar should be submitted to the Regional Office of Education no later than June 15.
The final school calendar should be submitted to the Regional Office of Education no later than the last day of school.
Signed into law on August 31, 2017, Public Act 100-0465, also known as the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act (the "Act"), made sweeping changes to education funding in Illinois. In making changes to state financial support to schools, the Act also repealed Section 18-8.05 of the School Code, which required an instructional day to be a minimum of five hours. As such, there is no current statutory minimum number of hours or minutes that constitutes an instructional day and therefore eliminates the need to record certain types of days on the public school calendar. Guidance has been updated below that provides information regarding the types of days that may be recorded for the 2018-19 school year as well as those that will continue to be required beginning with the 2019-20 school year.