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HF 1421

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/03/2017 08:47am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to education finance; authorizing school boards to adopt policies for certain
snow days; authorizing e-learning days for school days with inclement weather;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, sections 120A.41; 126C.05, subdivision 8;
proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 120A.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 120A.41, is amended to read:


120A.41 LENGTH OF SCHOOL YEAR; HOURS OF INSTRUCTION.

new text begin (a) new text endA school board's annual school calendar must include at least 425 hours of instruction
for a kindergarten student without a disability, 935 hours of instruction for a student in
grades 1 through 6, and 1,020 hours of instruction for a student in grades 7 through 12, not
including summer school. The school calendar for all-day kindergarten must include at least
850 hours of instruction for the school year. The school calendar for a prekindergarten
student under section 124D.151, if offered by the district, must include at least 350 hours
of instruction for the school year. A school board's annual calendar must include at least
165 days of instruction for a student in grades 1 through 11 unless a four-day week schedule
has been approved by the commissioner under section 124D.126.

new text begin (b) A school board's annual school calendar may include plans for up to five days of
instruction provided through online instruction due to inclement weather. The inclement
weather plans must be developed according to section 120A.414.
new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [120A.414] E-LEARNING DAYS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Days. new text end

new text begin "E-learning day" means a school day where a school offers full
access to online instruction provided by students' individual teachers due to inclement
weather. A school district or charter school that chooses to have e-learning days may have
up to five e-learning days in one school year. An e-learning day is counted as a day of
instruction and included in the hours of instruction under section 120A.41.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Plan. new text end

new text begin The school board and the exclusive representative of the teachers for that
school must agree to the district's e-learning day plan. A charter school may adopt an
e-learning day plan after consulting with its teachers. The plan must include accommodations
for students without Internet access at home and for digital device access for families without
the technology or an insufficient amount of technology for the number of children in the
household. A school's e-learning plan must provide accessible options for students with
disabilities.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Annual notice. new text end

new text begin A school district or charter school must notify parents and
students of the e-learning day plan at the beginning of the school year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Daily notice. new text end

new text begin On an e-learning day declared by the school, a school district or
charter school must notify parents and students at least two hours prior to the normal school
start time that students need to follow the e-learning day plan for that day.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Teacher access. new text end

new text begin Each student's teacher must be accessible both online and by
telephone during normal school hours on an e-learning day to assist students and parents.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for the 2017-2018 school year and later.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 126C.05, subdivision 8, is amended to read:


Subd. 8.

Average daily membership.

(a) Membership for pupils in grades kindergarten
through 12 and for prekindergarten pupils with disabilities shall mean the number of pupils
on the current roll of the school, counted from the date of entry until withdrawal. The date
of withdrawal shall mean the day the pupil permanently leaves the school or the date it is
officially known that the pupil has left or has been legally excused. However, a pupil,
regardless of age, who has been absent from school for 15 consecutive school days during
the regular school year or for five consecutive school days during summer school or
intersession classes of flexible school year programs without receiving instruction in the
home or hospital shall be dropped from the roll and classified as withdrawn. Nothing in this
section shall be construed as waiving the compulsory attendance provisions cited in section
120A.22. Average daily membership equals the sum for all pupils of the number of days
of the school year each pupil is enrolled in the district's schools divided by the number of
days the schools are in sessionnew text begin or are providing e-learning days due to inclement weathernew text end.
Days of summer school or intersession classes of flexible school year programs are only
included in the computation of membership for pupils with a disability not appropriately
served primarily in the regular classroom. A student must not be counted as more than 1.2
pupils in average daily membership under this section. When the initial total average daily
membership exceeds 1.2 for a pupil enrolled in more than one school district during the
fiscal year, each district's average daily membership must be reduced proportionately.

(b) A student must not be counted as more than one pupil in average daily membership
except for purposes of section 126C.10, subdivision 2a.