Modifies provisions relating to agriculture education
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SECOND REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE COMMITTEE BILL NO. 17
99TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE HOUGHTON.
To repeal section 171.031, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof two new sections relating to
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Section 171.031, RSMo, is repealed and two new sections enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as sections 171.031 and 171.055, to read as follows:
171.031. 1. Each school board shall prepare annually a calendar for the school term, specifying the opening date and providing a minimum term of at least one hundred seventy-four days for schools with a five-day school week or one hundred forty-two days for schools with a four-day school week, and one thousand forty-four hours of actual pupil attendance. In addition, such calendar shall include six make-up days for possible loss of attendance due to inclement weather as defined in subsection 1 of section 171.033. 2. Each local school district may set its opening date each year, which date shall be no earlier than ten calendar days prior to the first Monday in September. No public school district shall select an earlier start date unless, for calendars for school years before school year 2019- 20, the district follows the procedure set forth in subsection 3 of this section. The procedure set forth in subsection 3 of this section shall be unavailable to school districts in preparing their calendars for school year 2019-20 and for subsequent years. 3. For calendars for school years before school year 2019-20, a district may set an opening date that is more than ten calendar days prior to the first Monday in September only if the local school board first gives public notice of a public meeting to discuss the proposal of opening school on a date more than ten days prior to the first Monday in September, and the local school board holds said meeting and, at the same public meeting, a majority of the board votes
EXPLANATION — Matter enclosed in bold-faced brackets [thus] in the above bill is not enacted and is intended to be omitted from the law. Matter in bold-face type in the above bill is proposed language.
HCB 17 to allow an earlier opening date. If all of the previous conditions are met, the district may set its opening date more than ten calendar days prior to the first Monday in September. The condition provided in this subsection must be satisfied by the local school board each year that the board proposes an opening date more than ten days before the first Monday in September. 4. If any local district violates the provisions of this section, the department of elementary and secondary education shall withhold an amount equal to one quarter of the state funding the district generated under section 163.031 for each date the district was in violation of this section. in which school is in session for twelve months of each calendar year. 6. The state board of education may grant an exemption from this section to a school district that demonstrates highly unusual and extenuating circumstances justifying exemption from the provisions of subsections 2 to 4 of this section. Any exemption granted by the state board of education shall be valid for one academic year only. 7. No school day for schools with a five-day school week shall be longer than seven hours except for vocational schools which may adopt an eight-hour day in a metropolitan school district and a school district in a first class county adjacent to a city not within a county, and any school that adopts a four-day school week in accordance with section 171.029.
171.055. 1. Any student participating in activities at the Missouri state fair who is a member of an athletic team at a public school and who will miss team practices as a result of participating in activities at the Missouri state fair shall receive the opportunity to participate in practices relevant to his or her athletic activity at the Missouri state fair. 2. Any student who wishes to participate in practices at the Missouri state fair and who qualifies to receive this opportunity under subsection 1 of this section shall notify his or her public school team coach in writing at least ten days before his or her first day of attendance at the Missouri state fair. 3. Any public school team coach who receives notification from a student as described under subsection 2 of this section shall send the notification to a statewide athletic organization with a public school district as a member, and the organization shall provide a coach, approved under its bylaws, to oversee practices for the student. 4. The public school team coach of any student participating in practices at the Missouri state fair shall coordinate with the approved coach at the Missouri state fair with respect to the activities to be performed at the practices. 5. Practices at the Missouri state fair shall not be more strenuous for students than the team practices that the students could not attend as a result of their participation in fair activities.