Section 24-2 of the School Code provides that a school board or other eligible entity is authorized to hold school or schedule teachers’ institutes, parent-teacher conferences, or staff development activities (including school improvement and inservice training) on the following legal school holidays:
- The birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (third Monday in January);
- The birthday of President Abraham Lincoln (February 12);
- The birthday of Casimir Pulaski (first Monday in March);
- Columbus Day (second Monday in October); and
- Veterans’ Day (November 11)* (see below)
The school board or other applicant is authorized to take these actions provided that (1) the person/persons honored by the holiday are recognized through instructional activities conducted on that day or, if the day is not used for student attendance, on the first school day preceding or following that day; and (2) the entity choosing to exercise this authority first holds a public hearing about the proposal. The school board or other applicant shall provide notice preceding the public hearing to both educators and parents, setting forth the time, date, and place of the hearing; describing the proposal; and indicating that testimony from educators and parents will be taken about the proposal during the public hearing. Again, there is no longer a need to then submit these materials to ISBE for approval.
*A school holding any kind of event at the school on November 11, Veterans’ Day, must include a moment of silence at that event to recognize veterans of foreign wars. Public Act 96-0084.
Parent-teacher conference waivers
Section 18-8.05(F)(2)(d)(2) of the School Code allows a school district or other eligible entities to count as a full-day, parent-teacher conference, any of the following configurations:
- A minimum of 5 clock-hours of parent-teacher conferences;
- Both a minimum of 2 clock-hours of parent-teacher conferences held in the evening following a full day of student attendance, and a minimum of 3 clock-hours of parent-teacher conferences held on the day immediately following evening parent-teacher conferences; or
- Multiple parent-teacher conferences held in the evenings following full days of student attendance, in which the time used for the parent-teacher conferences is equivalent to a minimum of 5 clock-hours.
If an applicant wants to employ a full-day conference configuration not covered by the language above, the applicant will need to submit a waiver to the General Assembly for its consideration.
As a reminder, full-day parent-teacher conference days cannot be considered for computing average daily attendance.
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